Attention: Beginning Monday, April 21, 2014, Gulf Islands National Seashore pavilions will no longer take reservations on Recreation.gov. The pavilions will be reserved through Gulf Islands National Seashore's Special Use Permit Coordinator, Sherrill Gray. You may either email or call about the specific date and location you wish to reserve. Please direct all emails to Sherrill_Gray@nps.gov or call 850-934-2605.

FORT PICKENS DAY USE PICNIC AREA, FL

The two pavilions at the facility are located near the historic Fort Pickens, a pentagonal fort built to defend Pensacola Bay in 1834. The structure was fortified after the War of 1812, and was one of four forts in the South never occupied by Confederates during the Civil War. ...
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • The Fort Pickens Road is subject to flooding; Please call the Road Information Line at 850-934-2656, for conditions prior to arrival
  • All incoming vehicles are subject to normal entrance fees
  • Beach access and restrooms are shared with the general public
  • Vehicles must stay on paved areas
  • No glass containers allowed on beach
  • No pets in pavilion, structure or on the beach
  • Special Permit required if shelter is used for a wedding or other special event
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FORT PICKENS DAY USE PICNIC AREA GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC 60
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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FORT PICKENS DAY USE PICNIC AREA GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 48
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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Overview

Overview

The two pavilions at the facility are located near the historic Fort Pickens, a pentagonal fort built to defend Pensacola Bay in 1834. The structure was fortified after the War of 1812, and was one of four forts in the South never occupied by Confederates during the Civil War.

Spend the day walking the gorgeous white sand beaches on Santa Rosa Island. Swim, build sandcastles, or stroll from the Gulf of Mexico side to the Pensacola Bay side of the island.

Natural Features:

The picnic area is on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay. It's part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. More than 80% of the national park is submerged, as it's a vital protective habitat to marine life.

Recreation:

Fort Pickens is great for all things beach. Bring a beach ball, comb the sand and swim to your heart's content. A fishing pier is a short distance from the picnic pavilions, and hiking trails through the dunes are also accessible.

Facilities:

Two pavilion areas are available, each with ample seating and two large grills. Battery Landon holds 60 people and has has no lights or electricity. Battery Worth seats 48 people and offers electricity, lights, and an outdoor rinse-off shower to clear off all the beach sand.

Booking Window

GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC

Sat Sep 27 2014 - Wed Sep 23 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC

Sat Sep 27 2014 - Wed Sep 23 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Sat Mar 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Non Peak Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Museum
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Ranger Station
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Special Policy Applicable to this Facility
Visit Fort Pickens itself -- the guided walking tour is highly recommended and packed with interesting information. Tour the fort and ruins, and take some photos of the lighthouse.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Mar 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC $30.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $30.00
Non Peak Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC $30.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $30.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
30.31833, -87.25528
30°19'6"N, 87°15'19"W

From I-10, take I-110S to Pensacola. Take US Hwy 98S / FL Hwy 40 over Pensacola Bay to Gulf Breeze. Follow 98 through Gulf Breeze, turn RIGHT unto FL Hwy 399 to Pensacola Beach. $1.00 per vehicle toll booth entering Pensacola Beach, then turn RIGHT at the traffic light onto Fort Pickens Road. It is about 3 miles to the Park Entrance Station.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

FORT PICKENS DAY USE PICNIC AREA
1400 Fort Pickens Road
Pensacola Beach  FL  32561

Phone Number:

Information:  (850)934-2600
Additional Information