Camping Big Lagoon by Kelly Garcia


Every February, just when we can't handle the Nashville chill any longer, we pack our bags and join the snowbirds down in Florida for a pre-Spring break weekend warrior trip. This year we camped at site #66 at Big Lagoon State Park. We camped at this park last year and returned because we wanted to relax somewhere familiar, quiet, and safe. At BL we can count on being surrounded by RV campers (no SPRING BREAKERS!), hot showers and water hook ups - You know, the simple pleasures that make a big difference. All of us have 9-5 type jobs, so an easy trip in good company every now and then is just what we need.

Since we had pull up access to the site, we didn't limit ourselves on supplies. Hammocks, chairs, speakers, yeti tumblers, not one but two coolers (wet/dry), a screened canopy to go over the picnic table to keep bugs and raccoons out of our food, and food. So much food. You would probably laugh if you saw how we do mealtime on our camping trips. No matter what kind of camping situation we are in, Drew always makes the group a killer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all on a single cast iron skillet. 

We spent our time napping on the beach, tossing a football, skim-boarding, canoeing the lagoon (last trip), visiting Fort Pickens, shopping for fresh seafood at Joe Patti's, taking photos, and catching up around the campfire. I made a note to bring horse shoes for both the camp site and beach next time because sportsballs aren't my thing. (I also need to bring a wider lens!)

As long as I live in Nashville, TN, I will be making the snowbird's journey south every February. 


LOCATION / STYLE: Big Lagoon State Park in Florida / Tent and RV
SITE AMENITIES and PERKS: Pull up access, Clean restrooms, hot showers, local firewood (Gypsy Wagon), fire ring, water hook up, picnic table, electricity, easy lagoon access, trees for hanging hammocks, and canoe rentals. 
SITE DOWNFALLS: Have to drive to beach access, close to neighbors.

PACK: Other than the normal stuff, I recommend a Hammock ( I took my Eno), screened canopy to go over picnic table, horseshoes, skimboards, bug spray, bucket for doing dishes, 2 coolers (wet/dry), and a bluetooth speaker.
SEE: Fort Pickens
DO: Hang out on the white sands of Langdon Beach. Canoe rentals at Big Lagoon.
EXPLORE: Joe Patti's Seafood Market. Frank Patti Senior cut us some great tuna on our last trip. 

APP RECOMMENDATION: Since there were five of us splitting everything even, we used Splitwise (paired with venmo) to track spending and payout to each other during the trip.