Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park RV & Campground Guide

Florida

The Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is an example of a successful conversion from “swords to plowshares.” The park formerly knew the bombs and bullets of war as a WWII bombing and strafing range. Today, the park is an area of peaceful contemplation. Whether you are walking the miles of trails or kayaking in the bayou, the tranquility of this park infects you. Located near Niceville and Valparaiso, FL, on the coast of the Florida panhandle, this park offers a variety of environments. The long beach, a freshwater lake, and hiking trails beneath red cedar trees greet visitors.

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Weather
Spring 51-83 F
Summer 68-89 F
Fall 51-83 F
Winter 43-69 F
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Nearby Cities
Destin, FL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

No matter what time of year you are planning to visit Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, an RV is the best way to camp; it hides you away from any harsh sun during the summer and keeps you warm in the winter. If you do not have an RV, try the RVShare site to find the perfect nearby RV to rent.

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Campground

The Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park RV Campground offers 40 widely spaced RV campsites with water and electrical hookups. The campground is located within the park, giving you direct access to all the amenities, including showers, restrooms, and laundry. The spaces handle back-ins of up to 25 by 45 feet in size. Camping within the park gives you night and day access to all the features of the area. Fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking are all available, and the park is partially ADA-accessible.

• Water Hookup: Yes
• Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp
• Sewer Hookup: No; dump station on-site
• Wi-Fi Available: No
• Pet -Friendly: Yes
• Fee: $16 per night
• Office hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

Henderson Beach State Park

Henderson Beach State Park sits on the Gulf of Mexico amongst thick vegetation. The park is located in Destin, FL, just nine miles from Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. There are 60 RV camping sites available. Visitors are greeted by 30-foot dunes along a one-mile beach. Activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and bicycling. The beach is ADA-accessible.

• Water Hookup: Yes
• Electric Hookup: 50/30/20/15 amp
• Sewer Hookup: No; dump station on-site
• Wi-Fi Available: Yes
• Pet-Friendly: Yes
• Fee: $30 per night
• Office hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

Destin Village RV

Destin Village RV, located in Destin, FL, is a gated luxury RV campground with 27 available campsites. Each site has a concrete pad on which to park your RV and full hookups. The park has a swimming pool, laundry facilities, and a clubhouse. The campground sits next to the beach with easy access for everyone, including persons qualified under the ADA.

• Water Hookup: Yes
• Electric Hookup: 50/30/20/15 amp
• Sewer Hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi Available: Yes
• Pet-Friendly: Yes
• Fee: $125 per night
• Office hours: None; check-in and check-out are at 10 a.m.

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Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Inside Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

The Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park has many attractions specific to the park. Aside from the extensive beach bordering the bayou, you can walk the Red Cedar Trail that runs under the impressive forest of red cedar trees. Another hiking opportunity is the Sand Pine Trail that wanders along the edge of Puddin’ Head Lake, a freshwater inland lake. Bring your boats, canoes, or kayaks to experience the bayou in a more personal way. Both freshwater and saltwater fishing are allowed in the park.

Outside Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

The area surrounding Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park hosts plenty of communities with amenities not found inside the park. If you have the urge to try some of the local cuisines, need to shop for supplies, or want to see other sites, these communities provide all the advantages as if you were at home. The convenient location of this park gives you the latitude to explore all these communities with little cost in time or expense.

Restaurants

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Staying so close to the sea, you build a longing for seafood. Take care of that urge at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant is located just 30 minutes from the park.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 525 Grand Boulevard P-101, Sandestin, FL 32550

Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

At Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, you get a choice of grilled steak, sushi, or both. The restaurant’s ambiance is reported to be superior to most sushi restaurants. Osaka is located in Destin, FL, a mere 11 miles from the park.

Type: Japanese-American, Sushi

Location: 34745 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL 32541

Landshark's Pizza Company

Sometimes, after a big day exploring the park, a family wants some comfort food. You will not find more comfort than at Landshark’s Pizza Company, which specializes in pizza, wings, and subs. The restaurant, located in Destin, FL, is an easy drive from the park to find tasty treats.

Type: Pizza

Location: 300 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, FL 32541

Pounders Hawaiian Grill

For that rich Hawaiian taste everyone loves, visit Pounders Hawaiian Grill in Niceville, FL. Get into the “Aloha Spirit” with spiced meats and vegetables that are filling and a real treat for the entire family. The restaurant is only a seven-minute drive from the park.

Type: Hawaiian

Location: 142 Palm Boulevard N., Niceville, FL 32578

Shopping

Artful Things

If you are searching for souvenirs from your stay at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and the surrounding area, take a look at Artful Things. Here, you will find works of local and regional artists and artisans. You can choose from collections of ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, and specialized décor. Award-winning art instructors contribute programs from which you and your family can learn new techniques.

Location: 1087 John Sims Parkway E., Niceville, FL 32578

Bayou Book Company

One thing about camping in an RV at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is that you find plenty of time to relax and settle down to read a great novel. If you run out of things to read, don’t worry; just visit the Bayou Book Company where you will find a wide variety of genres. If you are looking for gifts, the bookstore has apparel, pen and pencil sets, and ornaments from which to choose.

Location: 1118 John Sims Parkway E., Niceville, FL 32578

Destin Commons

If you are in need of a shopping mall, visit Destin Commons. The mall is located about 11 miles from the park. Whether you are shopping for apparel, backpacks, bags, art, or food, this mall has it all. You can genuinely “shop till you drop” at Destin Commons.

Location: 4100 Legendary Drive, Destin, FL 32541

Sightseeing

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

A visit to the area is not complete without understanding its history. At the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, you get to see artifacts from the deep past, watch films about modern advances, and take classes in the creation of ceramics, flint construction, and other exciting talents that were so crucial to ancient cultures. The museum is only a 20-minute drive from the park and is well worth the visit.

Location: 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580

The Emerald Coast Science Center

The Emerald Coast Science Center is an interactive site that helps children and adults understand the science of the area. You can explore the reasons for the unique weather of the northern Gulf Coast, discover how different elements are produced in nature, or take a walk on the wild side working with local wildlife. The museum is fun for children and adults and is a mere 25-minute drive from the park.

Location: 31 SW Memorial Parkway, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548

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How to Get to
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

If you are coming from the west on Interstate 10 East, exit onto Highway 85 South and continue until you reach Highway 20. Drive east on highway 20. The park is five miles down the road on the left. If you are coming from the east on Interstate 10 West, then drive to the Highway 331 South exit. Continue until you reach Highway 20. Drive west on Highway 20 for 25 miles until you see the park signs on the right.

Entering Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

The park office is open from 8 a.m. to sunset 365 days per year. Check-in time is 3 p.m. The park gates close at sunset.

Per vehicle with two to eight occupants : $5

Single occupant vehicle : $4

Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass : $2

Camping : $16

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