RV Campgrounds by NAS in Pensacola, Florida

RV Campgrounds by NAS in Pensacola, Florida
The Naval Air Station Pensacola (NAS) is billed as "the cradle of naval aviation," and with sights like the National Museum of Naval Aviation, is something of a major tourist destination in its own right. The Pensacola area around it is home to many outdoor attractions, from sunny beaches to backwater bayous. RV campers visiting the area can pursue canoeing, fishing, biking, scuba diving and other sports, and will find a mix of public and private campground to accommodate their rights.

Big Lagoon State Park

The 655-acre Big Lagoon State Park sits on the waters of its namesake lagoon, just two miles west of NAS. It has 75 RV-and-tent sites situated amid the park's pine flats, each equipped with electrical and water hookups, a picnic table and a fire ring. The campground is serviced by three bathhouses and a central dump station.

In addition to its Big Lagoon waterfront and beaches, the park also contains two water bodies--Long Pond and Grand Lagoon--within its enclosure. On-site outdoor activities include swimming from the beach, canoeing and kayaking, hiking and fishing and crabbing. For those who want beach access on the Gulf of Mexico rather than the sheltered Big Lagoon, the Gulf Islands National Seashore is only a mile and a half away.

Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-1595

Lazy Acres RV Park and Campground

Lazy Acres is situated across Perdido Bay in Alabama, but the 10-mile drive straight down U.S. 98 from NAS is a convenient one. Lazy Acres offers 46 sites with water and electrical hookups (15-, 30- and 50-amp electricity) and 43 with full hookups on a wooded campground. The sites can accommodate rigs up to 65 feet long. Tent sites are also available. Phone connections are available, and the RV park is equipped with a bathhouse, coin laundry, playground, volleyball court and swimming pool. Lazy Acres sits beside a small lake, and on-site fishing is permitted.

Lazy Acres RV Park and Campground
12160 Wortel Road
Elberta, AL 36530-2915
(251) 986-3566

Gulf Shores / Pensacola West KOA

The Gulf Shores KOA offers the familiar KOA mixture of sites for RVs and tents, as well as "kamping kabins." The RV sites offer full hookups (up to 50 amps) and free cable TV connections, as well as hardwired telephone connections (for a fee). The camp's largest sites are 100 feet long.

The camping services consist of a central bathhouse and coin laundry, and a camp store with LP gas and firewood sales. Other amenities at the KOA include an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, clubhouse, playground, pet area and a horseshoe pit. The "kampground" also has a swimming area on Perdido Bay and a boat pier. The Gulf Shores KOA is also located just across Perdido Bay and the state line in neighboring Alabama, and less than five miles from Tanklin Bayou.

Gulf Shores / Pensacola West KOA
33951 Spinnaker Drive
Lillian, AL 36549
(251) 961-1717

Fort Pickens Campground

The Fort Pickens part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is directly across from NAS, separated by about a mile of water. However, by car the trip there is a roughly 12-mile drive by way of the Pensacola Bay Bridge. The campground consists of five loops of joint RV-and-tent sites serviced by four bathhouses. All sites have water and electrical hookups, picnic tables and fire pits. Given that the campground is on a narrow spit of land, every site in the campground is within walking distance of the beaches on both Pensacola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. On-site outdoor activities include sea kayaking, nature watching, coastal biking, snorkeling and fishing. Most of Fort Pickens Campground was closed for renovations in early 2010, with a scheduled re-opening set for March 2010. However, Loop A with 40 campsites is slated to remain open throughout the renovation period.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
(850) 934-2600

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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