Big Lagoon State Park, 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola
First acquired in 1977, Big Lagoon State Park is a 705-acre Florida State Park located on the northwestern Florida coast, approximately 10 miles southwest of Pensacola on Gulf Beach Highway. It encompasses the northern boundary of Big Lagoon as it snakes toward Pensacola Bay to the east. Wild Grande Lagoon Show more...
and its minor tributaries lay within the boundaries of the park, as does the alligator-inhabited Long Pond, a man-made freshwater pond.
The park is a 'gateway site' for the Great Florida Birding Trail. It features nine distinct natural communities including estuarine tidal marsh, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, and is dominated by scrubby flatwoods. The park features a number of threatened and endangered species such as the Large-leaved Jointweed, Gopher Tortoise, migratory shorebirds such as Snowy Plover, Least Tern among some twenty other listed species.
From Big Lagoon, the Florida Park Service manages two neighboring state parks - Perdido Key State Park to the southwest and Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park to the north.
A Google User Nice place. However reservations are needed where you pick the site (unseen) without the use of map. Hot and humid and not great for sleeping if you only have a tent. All sites have electricity so bring a fan. Take a walk around Long Pond and cross over the bridge where you can see an alligator. Short drive to Air Base where we saw the Blue Angels practicing.
A Google User honestly I have stayed at many parks as a camper "tent" this one was a step down from most of flds parks. The bathrooms are small and very muggy . The site we had number 74 was soooooo smalll that even a small tent and our car hardly fit. We never did find where to rent the canoe from. The West Beach is ok it has a nice park for the kids and lots of tables and grills . My 9 year old girls were afraid to go too far in the water.