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Old 06-03-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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Wondering how filled up the campgrounds on the Gulf are in the Florida Panhandle State Parks in June. Just learned today that the public schools there are out already. Do most of the FL state parks have a certain amount of walk-in, non-reservable, first come/first serve sites? I know that earlier in the week is always a better chance than later. Any recommendations or insights? Thanks!
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Fred, you should have no problems, there are some very nice beach campgrounds in that region and as far as openings? Florida even leaves some openings in the winter for walkins, all a matter of timing.
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Just met a campground host that was heading out from a winter in FL. She said this was a phenomenal park in the Panhandle. Topsail
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Topsail is my wife's favorite, I don't push it because it is a bit pricey, florida residents over 65 get it for 1/2 price, we were last there 2 years ago and it was $38.00 a night, us $19.00. It was a private rv resort and the state bought it to keep condo's off the beach, all the sites are cement and I think all have full amenities. It is not right on the beach but has a paved road about a mile long to get to the beach by shuttle, bike or walking, all the roads are paved and has a swimming pool, rec hall etc. very nice
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Thanks to everyone for responding. I did call a few of the gulf coast state parks and they say they are all booked up until Labor Day. I didn't figure in that Florida public schools end early and are out already. The walk-in sites at this time of year are only good for one night and then you have to get in line early each morning to try to get another site. I'm trying to find something thru the online booking (reserveamerica.com) but haven't had any luck yet. I know I could get something inland, but my wife and daughter have beach on their brains. Maybe we'll look farther West in Alabama and Mississippi. It's more driving - coming from New York - but might be worth it for a spot near the beach and it's a part of the country that none of us have seen before. Cheers! - Fred
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Fred, although they are for 1 night a lot of times the next day they will have one for multible nights and then some folks have to cancel a complete week and once your in your in, we as natives have to work like that in the winter. But, lets try something else. I take it because your in NY that you'll be using I-95 and there is a bunch of Fl State parks on the eastcoast with beachs such as Fort Clinch, Big Talbot Island, and Little Talbot Island and a bunch of others going south on the eastcoast. Usually Florida folks don't stick around in the summer months because of the humidity.
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Summer is "season" in the panhandle, as temperatures are more mild in the summer season, and colder in the winter. Here in Tampa Bay area, there is plenty of availability during the summer. Only areas you'll probably have trouble with reservations in the summer are the panhandle, and Disney.
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My experience all around Florida is that it's easy to find a vacant space in the summertime in state parks and in National Forest campgrounds. The tough times are when the snowbirds all drift down from the northeast and Canada. Sometimes it's impossible to get a spot in the winter. Many campgrounds are booked solid then.

But in the summer---generally you won't have a problem unless it's a holiday weekend when the locals can flood into the campgrounds.
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