Fort Pickens Area, Pensacola Beach

See an important piece of U.S. military history at Fort Pickens Area. The fort was used between 1834 and 1947 to protect Pensacola Harbor. It proved its worth during the Civil War, when its impregnable walls prevented Confederate soldiers from capturing it. For almost a year the fort served as a prison for famous Apache chief Geronimo. From old cannons to World War II batteries, you can see how the fort adapted to the current needs of warfare. You are free to explore by yourself. Put Fort Pickens Area into our Pensacola Beach holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • More than just a fort whose guns guarded the entrance to Pensacola Bay, Fort Pickens is the little known final location of one of our greatest Indiginous People: Geronimo. It was here that he was impr...  more »
  • Good place to visit for the history of Pensacola. There is a small museum. You can visit the old fort. There is a place for fishing too.  more »
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  • Beautiful park. Spent a week there. Very quiet by 9pm even with the park full. Rangers very friendly. Bring your own firewood as no one in the park sells it. Fort is a wonderful history lesson and all the beaches are white sand and clean. Was disappointed that there was no shells on the beach. Definitely will return. Oh and other reviews are correct, it is a LONG slow drive to get supplies
  • 1st time here and came because of the hurricane damage to St. Andrew’s State Park. A lot of traffic on the bridge to Pensacola and Google Maps seemed confused once we entered the town. Follow the signs and not Google once here. Friendly and informative ranger at registration. Campsite nice and almost level. We were able to park our tow vehicle directly across from our campsite, no more room on the asphalt pad. Fairly easy back in spot, but thankful open area across from our site allowed a more precise placement of our 30 ft tag-a-long travel trailer. For a park this size, they should construct a couple more restrooms with showers. Camp store was closed and word was from park worker, not likely to open anytime in the near future. As other reviewers said, pack in everything you will need for your length of stay. No ice of firewood available except in Pensacola. Maintenance is definitely needed at this park. Maybe some talented campground hosts could tackle the need. Awesome fort but could be dangerous if you get adventurous beyond your physical capabilities. Awesome fly overs by the Blue Angels. Great park, beaches, trails and campground, just needs some Federal Dollars to fund much needed improvements. Maybe after Trump builds the wall, we can work on our national parks.

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