Fort Pickens To Open Tent-Only Section Jan. 1

December 6, 2017 by   - () Leave a Comment

Joel Harris, of West Virginia, sorts through his rooftop storage container at the Fort Pickens campgrounds in Pensacola on Monday, December 4, 2017. Starting January 1st, sections of the campgrounds will be open to tent camping only.

Ed Collard likes the feeling of having escaped civilization whenever he sets up camp in his small tent.

“Tent camping is a little more earthy, if you will. You don’t need a big-screen TV or a $300,000 to $500,000 RV,” the Massachusetts man said on a recent afternoon while relaxing at his campsite in the Fort Pickens area of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, in response to a large number of requests from tent campers, the National Park Service is creating a 40-spot, tent-only camping section inside the campground.

“When you have big RVs and they are running all of their utilities, that creates a certain amount of noise. There is an aesthetic that tent campers say they are looking for and you sort of lose that with the RVs,” said Brent Everitt, spokesman for Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Everitt said workers are capping utilities at the tent-only sites, which should be open in the coming weeks.

Starting Jan. 1, the National Park Service plans to raise nightly RV camping rates at Fort Pickens from $26 per night to $40 per night. Tent spaces will continue to be $26 each night.

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