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“Easy and Low Stress, fairly close to P'cola”

Big Lagoon State Park
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Perdido Key
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The park offers many activities for outdoor enthusiasts.
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed here over a weekend for a Monday appt at Sacred Heart/Nemours. About 30 min drive between them.

You can buy chopped logs for fires, but you're not allowed to gather anything that's fallen. So bring kindling.
Check-in was easy and friendly, and NO PARKING FEES like some other campgrounds. (AHEM Ft. Pickens!)
Layout is simple, as long as you don't miss the LEFT turn into the campground loop. Only one boardwalk/trail to beach starts at campground play area (3rd loop). Bathrooms were AWESOME -- clean and spacious. Camp hosts super friendly too. Besides the kindling thing, I really have no complaints. Especially for $20 / night!

2  Thank Aaron M
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The state park itself is very nice with plenty of outdoor activities. We stayed in the campground in a 37' motorhome. When checking in, the rangers will a little concerned about the length of the rig, but we managed fine. Driving around the campground, I could definitely understand their concern - not a lot of spaces for larger rigs. Bathrooms were clean, and there were enough throughout the campground that we never had to wait in a line.

All of that being said, there are some real treasures outside of the park. Perdido Key is just across the bridge and to the west. Very laid back, couple of high rises, no touristy souvenir shops, sparsely populated. Over the bridge and to the east is a national seashore and this is where we spent most of our time. Beautifully pristine beaches and dunes. Although most of the boardwalks through the dunes had a lot of cars parked by them, there was no crowding at all on the beach...one group every 20-30 yards and plenty of space for everyone to spread out.

We will definitely be back to Big Lagoon, but most likely will use it as a camping spot and then take the 5 minute drive to the national seashore across the bay.

2  Thank MidLifeCrisisGreg
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Beautiful park and great walking trials, fishing, crabbing and close to the water. Camp ground and the sites was very pretty, spacey and well kept up. Most parks the camping sites are so close together these are not and are so pretty. Playing ground for the kids and lots to entertain the family would not even have to leave the park except if you want to go shop or eat out.

2  Thank RAB21161
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

My husband and I camped (in a tent) here last june. We could not believe there was a place to stay so close to the beach for only 20 bucks a night. The park wasn't very crowded for a saturday night in june. It has very clean restrooms with hot showers. (our campsite was about 5 to 10 feet away from the bathroom, loved that!) We really liked the fact that the camp site had a water hook up, an electrical hook up, fire ring/ grill pit, picnic table and close line. (though we didn't get a chance to use the fire ring). There is just enough vegetation surrounding the sites that allows for privacy. It was peaceful at night, all the campers seemed respectful of each other and never got loud or rowdy.

This park has a boardwalk that goes from the campsites to a private beach on the bay. That little spot has restrooms, a pavillion and a playground, but most notably a beautiful view and calm waters for kids to play in!! Other visitors were catching crabs with nets (we even picked up a few hermit crabs right by the beach. Just remember you have to put them back!).

Johnson's Beach, right down the road from the park, is also a very beautiful area. And it wasn't crowded at all, there were maybe 10 other people we could see. The water was pretty choppy and the current was strong, so we didn't get to stay in very long. It was cloudy but warm and an hour was long enough to get an awful sunburn...

There is a place to rent canoes. The price isn't very high but the sign warning by the canoes about an aligator that swims/lives there was enough to keep us from getting any where near the water right there.

We only got to spend one day/night there of the 3 nights we reserved. It started storming that night and our campsite got flooded out. Check the weather before you go!! We waited by the office in our car to tell them we were leaving, and ask for a refund for the 2 nights we didn't get to stay. Instead, we were refunded for the whole reservation since we had to leave around 3 AM the morning of the second day because of the dangerous conditions at our site. The staff was very understanding/friendly and invited us to come back again. And we ARE! We're reserving another campsite this summer and taking our kids this time.

Visit or spend the night here if you get a chance! I know you'll enjoy it as much as we did! Even though the storm/flood ruined our trip, Big Lagoon State Park did what they could to make our our stay enjoyable!

8  Thank amknight10
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We visited this am with our small dog, our first visit. We will be back. The $6 entrance fee was very reasonable considering the totality of the facilities. We stayed about 3 hrs. We wandered the boardwalks, used the numerous,clean,and well-placed facilities, availed ourselves of a covered picnic spot on the waterway,and grilled some hotdogs! The campgrounds,full of 'trailways' campers, felt a little claustrophobic as we crept through but it it does not dominate. It is just one more amenity of this well-managed park. Considering the overall experience of the park,I would recommend it to anyone. It is not remote from stores but removed from the hubbub of the city. The next time we come, we want to fish the sunrise flats on the west end beach.

4  Thank gds7800
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