Partial Closure on Horn Island
Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »
Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph
Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.
Fort Pickens Campground
Road to Fort Pickens is subject to flooding please see details or call 850-934-2656.
There are 200 campsites in the Fort Pickens Campground, and one group tent site. To access the reservation system online, go to www.recreation.gov. To make a reservation by phone, call Reserve America 1-877-444-6777. Walk-ins may reserve a site at the Fort Pickens Campground Office between 9:00 am -3:30 pm. For information about the campground call (850) 934-2622. Park entrance fees are not Included in camping reservations.
All Fort Pickens campground sites are $26.00 a night with water, electricity, grills/fire rings, and picnic tables. Restrooms and dump stations are nearby. There are 200 sites ranging in length from 16 ft for tent sites to 50 ft for larger RVs. Campers who have Golden Age/Interagency Senior and Golden Access/Interagency Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount. Campers (to include but not limited to individuals, groups, families) at the Fort Pickens Campground may stay no more than 42 days annually, and no more than 14 days during the campground's peak period of March 1 through Labor Day. All stays during the year are counted towards these limits. From Labor Day through the month of February, campers may stay up to 14 day increments with a 48 hour absence required.
Bona-fide groups may reserve the group campground for tent camping only. There is no electricity, and only tents are allowed. There are picnic tables, 2 grills, restrooms, outdoor showers(cold water only) and a large fire ring. The cost per night is $20 for 10-25 campers, and $30 for 26-40 campers. To make a reservation by phone, call Reserve America 1-877-444-6777.
The Campground Store is located at the entrance to the main campground area. Hours vary depending on time of year.
Did You Know?
The 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards trained on Ship Island and became the first black unit on April 9, 1863 on the Gulf Frontier. They met Confederate forces in battle during a raid on Pascagoula, MS.