Campground Reviews

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Campground

Fred Gannon State Park


A Florida State Park Campground

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located in Niceville, Florida. The park itself features a boat ramp, covered pavilions, hiking trails, fitness trails, and kayak/canoe rentals. To learn more about this park check out our complete review.

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

How To Make A Reservation

To make a reservation at this campground (and most state campgrounds) you will need a Reserve America account. Once signed into Reserve America look for Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. From there you can enter the dates you are looking for, find availability, and make your reservations.

Arriving/Checking In

Check-in at this park is 3 pm and after. It is a gated park with the gates closing at 7:45 pm. If you will be arriving after 5 pm they advise you to call ahead as the booth closes.

Stay To The Left

As you approach the booth there are two lanes. Anyone using just the park stays to the left and anyone checking into the campground will go to the right. There is ample space to park as you are checking in.

Arrival Package

When you check-in you will receive a booklet containing the park map, rules, advertising of local places, and emergency numbers. You will also get a tag that you will need to attach to your windshield for your car/RV.

Fred Gannon Site Map

Park Entrance/Campground Entrance

As you pull away you will pass a place to turn right or left. A left turn takes you into the park while a right turn takes you into the workamper section. As you pass these turns you will see where you will need to bear to the right to enter the campground. It is well signed so don’t worry.

One Way Circular Loop

The campground is a one way loop with sites on both sides at the beginning and one side only from about the halfway point. The road is skinny and a little twisty in some spots so it you have a big rig just take your time and you will be fine. We are about 5o feet combined truck/RV and we did just fine.

Sites Were Not Angled

Instead of being angled, the sites are straight in from the road. This coupled with the trees makes some of the spots a little tricky to get into. Once you are on your site though there is plenty of room. All sites are water and electric but no sewer. No worries though, there is a dump station.

Cement Pads

On the first part of the loop about halfway down, there are 4 handicapped sites. These sites are cement and two of them have a direct path that leads to the bathhouse and laundry area.

The Halfway Point

As you come to where the road turns to your left (the halfway point) you will find 4 sites on one side of the road and a covered pavilion and two hiking trails on the other side. There is a small area that people that are in the park for the day can park in to hike the trails.

Group Fire Pit

As you curve around to come down the third section of the campground you will find a bunch of things. First, right on the turn itself, there is a path that leads to a small amphitheater type structure with a group fire pit.

The Bayou

Along the right side of the road as you make your way down is the Rocky Bayou. Along the bayou, there are benches, a covered pavilion, and a playground. We also found that people who had boats tied their boats up next to access points to the water.

Bathhouse/Laundry

About three-quarters of the way down this road on your left side is the bathhouse and laundry area. The restrooms were clean and there was a separate large handicapped bathroom. There were only a couple of washer/dryers and although they were under a roof they were in more of a hallway type setting as opposed to a separate room.

Dump Station

Right past the bathhouse was the dump station. It was a large enough area that a couple of rigs could be there without blocking the road. The dump station area was clean and they supplied a hose for washing out your sewer hose when you were done.

The Back Stretch

As you come around the last curve and enter the backstretch you will find 6 more sites on your left side. On your right will be an access point to a trail that takes you out of the campground and over to the beginning of the park itself. 

Kayaks & Canoes

You find yourself in the area they rent kayaks and canoes. There is a bench there and the last morning we were there we sat on that bench to have our coffee and were entertained by the dolphins swimming in the bayou.

Final Thoughts

A perfect mix of camping, boating, hiking, Geocaching, and relaxing.

We are a big fan of state parks and this park did not disappoint us. Although a little tricky to maneuver into a site with a large rig the sites themselves were of decent size. The park is clean and well kept. There is a gated entry after hours.

The hiking trails were enjoyable and featured some Geocaching and there were numerous places to sit along the water and watch the dolphins. We would definitely recommend this campground to anyone looking to stay in this area.

  • Date of Stay: June 4th-6th, 2020
  • Cost Per Day: $20.39 (includes Reserve America fee & taxes)
  • Site #: 28

Do you camp at state parks? Have you ever camped at this one? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts







Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Campground

9.6

Overall Appearance

9.5/10

Big Rig Friendly

9.0/10

Restrooms/Showers Cleanliness

9.9/10

Staff Friendliness

9.9/10

Park Road Conditions

9.5/10

Site Size/Condition

10.0/10

Pros

  • Large 20/30/50 Amp Sites
  • 24 Hour Laundry Facility
  • 4 Handicap Accessible Sites
  • 3 Hiking Trails/Geocaching
  • Gated After Hours Entry
  • Good Verizon Signal
  • Kayak & Canoe Rentals/Boat Ramp/
  • Playground
  • All Sites Water & Electric/Dump Station
  • Firewood & Ice Available For Purchase

Cons

  • Narrow Tree-Lined Roads
  • Sites Not Angled For Optimum Backing In
  • AT&T Signal Sluggish
  • No WiFi
  • No Sewer

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