Beach camping near Gulf Shores with campfires

Visit Gulf Shores to explore Alabama’s beaches of white sand and clear blue water.

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Bay Forest Retreat

7 sites · Lodging, Tents11 acres · Navarre, FL
Explore 11+ acres of rustic and untamed woods. We are two military veteran families who enjoy the land as a place for family and friends to explore, camp, and relax at the 250+ feet of the East Bay beach. Primitive camping is permitted at designated wooded high grounds 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). Our Glamper is a 10x12 canvas furnished tent located a short but rugged 2-minute hike from parking. It provides the opportunity to go camping without having to pack all the gear. 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: St. Michael's Brewery which has rotating food trucks and is family friendly, Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, Dewey Destin’s, Windjammers, TC’s Front Porch, Deb’s Coffee, The Eatery food truck park, Top’s Burgers, and 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, and Destin History & Fishing Museum Additional activities include: Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, HH Arts Gallery, Emerald Coast Science Center, Gulf Breeze Zoo, and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.
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Lanette W.’s Land

1 site · Tent1 acre · Lillian, AL
Stay in a primitive tent site near the bay no water or electric. Restrooms are nearby. Whispering Woods on beautiful Perdido Bay. Access to all KOA amenities pool, hot tub, fishing pier, dog park, clubhouse and kids playground. KOA store on grounds and Chubbies pizza. Have friends and family with an RV or would they like a cabin? We got it! Reserve at koa.com.
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CampFire at the Riverbend

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents38 acres · Robertsdale, AL
38 plus acres with 1200ft pristine riverfront. Remote but accessible. Chose your site. Blaze a trail to the river, private beaches, tubing and swimming. 20 acres wooded and open field for a more remote experienced. Camp off your tailgate. You still have river access. RVs are welcome nice level easy access spots but no hook ups. Plenty of room for extra vehicles and trailers. Bring your horses!
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Airstream Gypsy Hideaway

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Silverhill, AL
This is country life. The airstream hideaway sits on 6 acres surrounded by woods, farmland, birds, deer, rabbits, foxes, and more. Instead of eliminating nature, we embrace awareness and knowledge for coexisting with insects, wildlife, critters, plants, etc. For visitors who love walking: the three roads of this neighborhood are dead ends and have hills. Perimeters of agricultural fields can also be walked, if desired. Other things to note: Our home is on site and located toward the front of the property. The outdoor space includes patio mat, picnic table, charcoal BBQ grill, chairs, fire pit, and RV awning. It is a cool spot to relax. The front porch becomes an outdoor dining area in moments. I try to keep wood for the fire pit nearby for guests to use. At night, the fresh air and crackling fire pit bring back memories of youthful whispered stories.
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Murphy's Quiet Getaway

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Pensacola, FL
1 acre, fenced in backyard with drive through gate entrance, electric, water hook up, grill, and fire pit. Quiet Neighborhood 20 mins from Perdido Key, 30 mins from Pensacola Beach, 15 mins from Downtown. Great place to stay for Spring Break, Summer Vacation, Mardi Gras, or just the next stop on your travels.
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YaYa's River Retreat

100 sites · RVs, Tents41 acres · Robertsdale, AL
A little slice of camping heaven, 41 acres with 800 feet of water frontage on Styx River. YaYa's is a completely primative or boondocking campground and swim area with porta pottie available. There is hot showers available at truck stop about a mile away and they have a dump station for those in RV. Come enjoy all the natural beauty or we are within an hour of hundreds of things to do for all ages. YaYA lives about 1/2 mile away and has a well available to refill your water. There is plenty of fallen wood to gather for fires or cut wood available for purchase. We have a community area with picnic tables, sun sails, grill, pavilion, and large bonfire. Please note the access road is old gravel and dirt, so if in a low car you'll need to take it slow. If there has been rain call ahead for entry directions as part of road becomes muddy. There is also a shooting range near by so during the day you will hear this some. You will not be disappointed if you love the tranquility of being outdoors.
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Farm back acres

3 sites · RVs8 acres · Pensacola, FL
Learn more about this land: Close to the highway about a mile from Starbucks and Publix grocery stores 20 minutes from the beach. Pretty dark at night and secluded. Easy to get back on to Route 10. There is road noise from route 10. Great Wifi on site. 50 amp hook up. We charge for 12 cents a kilo watt hour. Look forward to meeting you!
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Gulf Breeze Soundside Getaway

1 site · RV4 acres · Woodlawn Beach, FL
Four acres residential property across the street from the Sound leading to the Gulf. Close to all amenities in Gulf Breeze or Navarre and a short drive or boat ride to Pensacola Beach. Plenty of parking, laundry facilities and full hook ups.Boat launch 1/4 mile away. Fishing on premise pets okay.
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Lil' RV Park Navarre Edition

6 sites · Lodging, RVs1 acre · Navarre, FL
You are on a lot that is surrounded by a privacy fence. Lot may be shared with other guests. Also check out our other rentals at this location! The space is fully accessible to our guests with an egg grill, fire pit and hammock available to you. We are consistently adding and improving our lot and its amenities to cater to the needs of our guests.
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Beach camping near Gulf Shores with campfires guide

Overview

Gulf Shores is Alabama’s answer to beach life on the Gulf of Mexico. Tranquil stretches of white sand and turquoise water attract beach campers from near and far to popular coastal destinations like Orange Beach. Nearby campgrounds and RV parks promise campers year-round service. Many of these campsites feature electric, water, and sewer hookups, as well as full restrooms. Aside from its picturesque beaches, Gulf Shores is home to the 7,000-acre Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf State Park, and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Set up for the night near each of these natural attractions at cabin rentals and on-site campgrounds near trailheads and beaches.

Where to go

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing during a day trip to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Situated on more than 7,000 acres, the refuge provides a habitat for migrating birds, sea turtles, and the Alabama beach mouse. Find natural coastal habitats traversed by six trails with skill levels that range from easy to moderately difficult. On-site camping is unavailable, but nearby private campgrounds and cabin rentals offer a convenient jumping-off point for exploring the park by foot, kayak, or canoe.

Gulf State Park

With its coastal location, Gulf State Park places campers on some of the region’s most beautiful beaches. The park boasts two miles of white sandy coastal stretches as well as 6,500 acres of natural terrain. Swim, hike, beachcomb, and catch glimpses of resident wildlife along 28-miles of trails. Then, set up for the night on the on-site campground that offers 496 campsites within walking distance of the beach and amenities like full hookups, paved pads, and picnic tables. Air-conditioned bathhouse rentals are also available.

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

Witness the wild side of coastal Alabama and hike the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Hikers and bikers can glimpse natural alligator habitats and spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the butterfly sanctuary along the trek or look for migrating sea birds, as well. The trail leads through dynamic terrain that includes hardwood swamps and freshwater marshes. Primitive campsites are available along the trail—close to Gulf Shores. Some offer nylon cots and pump sinks.

When to go

Spring and fall are among the most popular times to visit Gulf Shores because of the mild temperatures. With cool winters with average high temperatures in the high 50s and hot summers that see temperatures of 90°F, Gulf Shores attracts campers year-round. Many of the area’s most popular RV parks and campsites are located near the beach and are equipped to handle each season.

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