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Explore 11+ acres of rustic and untamed wetland forest. Primitive camping is permitted at designated wooded highgrounds in the middle of the property. It is a 5 and 10-minute rugged hike in to the middle ground and waterfront, respectively. The trail remains under development, so please bring close-toed shoes or boots for hiking throughout the property (depending on rainf


Explore 11+ acres of rustic and untamed wetland forest. Primitive camping is permitted at designated wooded highgrounds in the middle of the property. It is a 5 and 10-minute rugged hike in to the middle ground and waterfront, respectively. The trail remains under development, so please bring close-toed shoes or boots for hiking throughout the property (depending on rainfall, there may be mud and water). There is portapotty and garden shower located at the front of the property which is where campers will park. An additional portapotty has been added at the campgrounds in the middle of the property as well.

Florida Wildlife https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Education/LivingWithWildlife/BearDeterrents.pdf

There are two adult and one youth kayak at the waterfront beach for use. As a family, we practice "leave no trace" camping methods. Guests are expected to do the same. PLEASE leave it better than you found it. Tents are available to rent.

Our location is minutes from the Emerald Coast - 7 mins to Navarre Beach, - 30 mins to Pensacola Beach, - 15 mins to Naval Live Oaks, - 45 mins to Fort Pickens, - 50 mins to NAS Pensacola, - 45 mins to Santa Rosa Island, - 35 mins to Okaloosa Island, - 40 mins to Destin

Recommended local restaurants: Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, Dewey Destin’s, Windjammers, TC’s Front Porch, Deb’s Coffee, Top’s Burgers, New York Pizza Depot Other sightseeing in the area includes… Museums: National Naval Aviation Museum, Air Force Armament Museum, Fort Pickens, Indian Temple Mound Museum, Pensacola Museum of Art, Museum of Industry, Destin History & Fishing Museum Other: Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, HH Arts Gallery, Emerald Coast Science Center, Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

* As with any campground, in the off season we conduct periodic maintenance and improvements. So far this season we’ve added an antique style hand pump well and continued trail maintenance.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
3 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
No picnic table
No wifi
Laundry absent
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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There is a multi-use path on the street the property is located on for biking.


Navarre has multiple businesses where you can rent boating equipment.


Hiking is available within the property lines.

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Hipcamper Fallon

Private yet convenient!

Fallon Z.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 25th, 2021

Remote yet so convenient! This property is the perfect location where it's 5 miles from town and the Navarre Pier (where we went fishing) yet it's so private and remote at the same time.

We trecked through the very swampy trail to the Bay front beach and what another great amenity! The property has a huge bay side beach with all beautiful sand. You can camp on the beach and there is a fire pit out there and 2 adult sized kayaks, paddles, and basic life jackets. You'll def need at least ankle high waterproof boots to get through the rough trail. If you have any mobility issues, I wouldn't recommend it. But the Kayaks we're a lot of fun and we bought a $17 fishing license for 3 days and fished out there too.

I think there are upgrades to the primitive camp side of the property since reading other reviews. There is a porta-potty & hand pump non-drinking water station at the tent camp side of the property. You can see the other 2 tent sites from your site. So if there's other people there you can see and probably hear them, but it is spread out. When we stayed over Thanksgiving week we were the only ones there! Oh and the porta-potty was clean smelled clean too.

It's a beautiful Florida property with tons of burnable sticks, logs, pine needles, etc for starting a campfire. There is a metal fire pit at each campsite without a cooking grill. The tent sites are in numerical order of how close they are to the pump water and porta-potty, site #1 being the closest to everything, and site #3 being the most remote and private.

The shower located at the front of the property does have a nice solid shower curtain that isn't pictured in the site photos.

The only draw back to this property is that you cannot park your vehicle near your tent site. All primitive tent campers park at the front of the property by the shower, then you need to pack all your stuff through a rough trail through the woods where it opens up to a clearing where all the sites are. Although it's inconvenient it's also actually probably a good thing! You won't have neighbors with loud cars next to your campsite or have to worry about your kids getting run over or strange cars pulling up by you in the middle of the night. So yes it's a pain in the butt and you'll want to *not* over pack, it also serves a great purpose of quiet and privacy.

This is not a shoulder to shoulder packed "glamping" campground with asphalt trails and all the conveniences of home, that's the point of primitive camping! I would absolutely stay here again and recommend it to anyone who wanted a great primitive camp property with waterfront access too!

Picnic table, chair, and fire pit at the bar front beach. Sunset from our site We stayed at site #1 So fun!
Hipcamper Max

Clean and enjoyable ;)

Max Z.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 7th, 2021

This place is wonderful!!! Super clean and there are plenty of campfire areas and other amenities. The firewood is supplied for you?! heck yeag this place is dope

Hipcamper Joseph
Joseph Y.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 1st, 2021

Besides that there were no cooking grates at the fire pit as advertised and the rugged trail to the bay was more of a swamp, our overall stay was good. It was quiet and relaxing

Hipcamper JESSICA
Jessica W.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 25th, 2021

Exactly what we were looking for in a primitive camp site. But the trail to the waterfront was swampy and we were not able to access the water from the site. However, there was a dog friendly beach only 15min drive away.

Hipcamper Stetson
Stetson B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 18th, 2021

We had a nice quick stay, it is a great property. Our campsite had a nice picnic table, fire pit, and logs to sit on. The trail to the campsite was a little muddy but manageable, the trail to the beach was very wet but there had been recent storms so not totally unexpected. We stayed at a simple tent site but the other options on the property looked nice as well.

Hipcamper Jason
Jason L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 17th, 2021

The camp spot we stayed at was very comfortable and clean. We had a RTT and pitched it at one of the traveled spot with picnic table and fire ring. There’s an outdoor shower which is nicely set up, also very clean to rinse off at the end of the day. My gf really liked the convenience and cleanliness of the area. The hosts were quick to respond to any questions we had. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Hipcamper Jessica

Great camping experience!

Jessica P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 3rd, 2021

We loved our stay here! Lots of space at the campsite. The grounds were beautiful and the shower/bathroom was a huge plus! We plan to come back again and hope to camp down by the water!

Hipcamper Valya

Primitive camping near the beach

Valya M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 14th, 2021

Best of both worlds! Port-a-potty and outdoor shower grace the start of your path through the woods to your primitive campsite a few minutes away. This is not car camping, take your stuff down in a backpack. Campfire ring and provided hammock in a forest setting under the stars. Adventurous souls can try a muddy trek down to Bayside and kayaks. Try their new glamping option for a more deluxe stay with a bed. My fav! Congenial, accommodating hosts aim to please.

On the bayBaysideWide angle view of interior of glamping tentGlamping canvas tent
Hipcamper Bill

A must stay

Bill M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 11th, 2021

The host are awasome very helpful quick to answer phone. Plus met us at our site. Its new can easily see they have been doing work to make it better. The small hike into the primitive camp area. Is little narraow little wet. But its florida after ida. Over all a great stay.

Bay Forest Retreat
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