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Much different than the east coast of Florida with its large cities like Miami and Jacksonville, the Florida Panhandle offers up its own experience. When you rent an RV near Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou Campground just outside of Niceville, you’ll know exactly why the area is a first-rate place to camp and vacation.
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou Campground is found between Pensacola and Panama City, around a half-mile south of Interstate 10, a major roadway connecting the eastern and western parts of Florida. This easy-to-access campground is the perfect place to call your temporary home base when you have a travel trailer rental in the area. In fact, its proximity to town and abundance of campsites make it a great place to consider. There are over 40 shaded, spacious campsites on-site, and both RVs and tents can be accommodated.
Aside from driving to the lush beaches several minutes south of your Niceville campground, there is a great deal of things to do right on-site. Hiking and biking at this pet-friendly paradise are great ways to see the woods and wetlands with the company of your dog, while kayakers and canoers can see a different face of the campground along the waterways and estuaries that flow out from the Bayou into Choctawhatchee Bay. Playgrounds, boat ramps, modern bathroom/shower facilities, picnic pavilions, and a whole lot more await you when you book an RV in Okaloosa County.
While you rent an RV near Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou Campground, you can rest assured that there is no shortage of nature parks, stunning beaches, and wildlife conservation areas nearby. The campground is located within Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, a large recreation area bordering the Rocky Bayou. Step outside your Niceville motorhome rental, and you can go hiking, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and birdwatching while you explore the park that you will be calling home for a while. Don’t forget to check out the middens and other amazing archaeological remnants of the Native American tribes who called the area home thousands of years before the Europeans arrived.
Down on the Gulf of Mexico on the tiny barrier islands separating the Choctawhatchee Bay and the ocean, Henderson Beach State Park remains one of the most popular parks in Florida thanks to its pristine beaches, freshly built boardwalks, seaside ecosystems, and fabulous wildlife. A nature center on-site informs visitors of what they might see at the park while learning fun facts and fascinating information about the environment pertaining to the coastal park. Camping is possible by the beach if you bring your campervan rental for a multi-day excursion to the beach park.
Gulf Islands National Seashore is essentially a national park in its own right. This incredible stretch of barrier islands lining the Gulf of Mexico stretches from Mississippi all the way to Florida, protecting these crucial environments from development. Thanks to this protection, pristine ecosystems containing exotic animals and migratory birds are completely natural, with little human interference and a great deal of peace and quiet. Swim in the gulf, go fishing, or camp out beneath the stars; there is lots to do at this beautiful national seashore to the south.
Niceville is the closest town when you're camping at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou Campground, and here you'll find restaurants, shops, and gas stations. There is even a local art space called Mattie Kelly Arts Center Theater, where nationally touring musicals and Broadway shows are known to perform. This highly cultured art space is a paragon of creativity in the community, so don’t skip out on it while you're here.
Down in Destin, you can see a similar seaside town, with lovely beaches and charming farmers markets like the Grand Boulevard Farmers Market and the Big & Juicy Farmers Market. Both markets are great for shopping for groceries, picking up souvenirs, and enjoying live music.
The Destin History & Fishing Museum is the preeminent place to learn about local history in Destin, once dubbed the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” due to its great fortune and fishing industry. Fishing is ingrained in the DNA of this seaside hamlet, and you can learn about the industry and the role it played in developing the Florida Panhandle’s tiny towns over the past century when you visit. Other museums and historic sites can be found dotting the coast, especially over in Pensacola to the west. The world is your oyster when you rent an RV near Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou Campground.