This campground is temporarily a FEMA camp and not open to the public.
Camping at Fort Pickens is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Loop A has water and electricity to the sites and a dump station available. There is no electricity or water in Loop's B, C, D or E in the campground. Electricity is installed and completed by October 18th. There will be camping reservations in 2010. Fort Pickens Area is open daily 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The fort has Ranger guided tours at 2:00 p.m. daily. Self guided tours are from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. The Fort Pickens also has beautiful hiking trails.
Open All Year
Primitive camping is available on Horn, Petit Bois and East Ship Islands, accessible only by boat. Groups of 11 must obtain a free permit from the Visitor Center in Ocean Springs. Licensed boat operators are available for a fee. Call 228-875-0074 extension 2 for more information. Visitors can enjoy hiking, beachcombing, swimming and birdwatching on these picturesque and tranquil islands. A 20-foot or longer craft is recommended for use on the open water. Inland water craft such as bass boats and pontoon party barges are not suitable for travel to 10-12 miles from shore. Campers must provide all supplies needed for their trip including extra food and water. Never camp on dune tops as this damages vegetation and fragile dune formations. Fires are permitted on the beach below the extreme tide line. Do not build fires on dunes or in wooded areas. Insect repellent and mosquito netting are recommended as well as long sleeve shirts, pants and sunscreen. Practice Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics (wwwLNT.org).Keep a respectful distance from wildlife. Please call (228) 875-9057 to inquire about transportation out to the island and to find out more.
Open All Year
The Naval Live Oaks Area, located on U. S. 98 east of Gulf Breeze, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Visitor Center, opened from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (except Christmas Day), features a bookstore, exhibits, and showings of a closed-caption 12-minute orientation film plus nature and history videos.
A group camping area is on the north side of Naval Live Oaks. It is available for organized youth groups. This is a great campsite complete with a covered picnic pavilion, restrooms, and outdoor showers.
Open All Year
The Perdido Key Area, located on Johnson Beach Road off Florida Route 292 southwest of Pensacola, offers access to the Gulf of Mexico and white sandy beaches. There is a park entrance fee and groups may rent picnic shelters. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Beach wheelchairs are available. To protect park visitors, pets are not allowed on Florida Beaches.
Visitors may picnic, fish, hike, swim, bike, and primitive camp at this location. The Perdido Key Discovery Trail is an accessible elevated trail. Parking is available along the beach road unless otherwise posted.