Rocky Bayou State Park

4281 S.R.20
Niceville FL 32578

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Description U.S. Air Force Colonel Fred Gannon was instrumental in transforming this site from a bombing practice range during World War II to a picturesque state park. The property now preserves beautiful old-growth longleaf pine trees, several over 300 years old, that once dominated this area of Florida. Rocky Bayou, the main feature of the park, is the trailing arm of Choctawhatchee Bay and is popular for boating and fishing. A double-lane boat ramp makes this one of the best boat launching locations on the bay, where both freshwater and saltwater fish are found. Other opportunities for fun include hiking, bicycling, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Puddin Head Lake, at the center of the park, is a great spot for freshwater fishing and canoeing. A well shaded campground is available for full-facility camping.

Services & Amenities:
Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Picnic Area
  • Ada Accessible Restroom
  • Bank Fishing
  • Barrier-Free Facilities
  • Bbq Grill
  • Benches
  • Bike Riding
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Trailer Park Lot
  • Boating
  • Campfire Programs
  • Campground Host
  • Clothes Line Post
  • Comfort Station
  • Covered Group Structure
  • Dumpstation
  • Electric Hook Ups
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flushing Toilet
  • Gatehouse
  • Group Fire Ring
  • Group Picnic Shelters
  • Group Shelter
  • High Water Launch Ramp
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Hot Showers
  • Information Station
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Iron Ranger
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Laundry
  • Mountain Biking
  • Multi Lane Boat Ramp
  • Nature Trails
  • Nature Viewing Area
  • Overlook
  • Parking
  • Paved Accessible Site
  • Paved Roads
  • Pavilion
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Potable Water
  • Pressurized Water
  • Restroom
  • Safety Program
  • Scenery
  • Security Lights
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Star Gazing
  • Swings
  • Table
  • Trailer Parking
  • Trailhead
  • Trails
  • Water Faucets
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Alerts and Important Information
The park gates close at sunset. If you plan to arrive late please contact the park prior to 5 PM on the day of your arrival.Check-in time is 3pm. Collecting of firewood is prohibited. All camping gear must remain within defined site boundaries. Quiet hour is 11pm. Clotheslines may only be tied to 4x4 posts provided.

Sites 8 and 13 will be offline until March 1 to complete construction. sites 8,9,11 and 13 are handicapped accessible. * These sites are reserved for visitors with disabilities. They can be reserved by visitors without disabilities only if no other sites will accommodate the visitor's camping equipment. * These sites is a concrete pad. No tents unless self-supported.

This site is handicapped accessible. * This site is reserved for visitors with disabilities. It can be reserved by visitors without disabilities only if no other site will accommodate the visitor's camping equipment. * This site has a concrete pad. No tents unless self-supported. 

Pets are allowed in family camping areas overnight. Pets prohibited on beach and in park facilities.

The campground picnic pavilion may by used on a first come, first served basis by registered campers only. Overnight visitors with functions involving non-registered guests must reserve a pavilion in the day use area. Please contact the park office. 
Pets are welcome overnight in all the camping parks. Pet rules apply. Domestic breeds of dogs, except guide or signal dogs or animals trained to assist individuals with a disability, cats, fur-bearing animals, birds and reptiles are not allowed in food-service areas, cabins or cabin areas, primitive campgrounds, beaches where bathing and swimming are permitted, either land and water portions, park buildings, playgrounds, and areas designated by park management. Captive wild species, whether native or non- native, and barnyard animals, except horses, are not allowed. · Pets must be well behaved at all times and confined in the owners camping unit during quiet hours. Unconfined pets may not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes and must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long. Please do not tie pets to park vegetation, natural or manmade structures or facilities. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all droppings in trash receptacles. Pets are required to be vaccinated. Horse owners and users will be asked to show their certificate of a current negative Coggins Test for all horses entering the park. · A pet that is noisy, disturbing, intimidating or dangerous to other people or pets, or which damages park resources, will not be allowed to remain in the park. No one younger than 18 may camp overnight unless accompanied by a responsible adult, who will remain onsite for the period rented.

Getting There: Rocky Bayou SP
4281 S.R.20
Niceville FL 32578

From the west: Take Interstate 10 east to highway 85 south until you reach highway 20. Go east on highway 20. Park will be approximately 5 miles on the left. From the east: Take Interstate 10 west to highway 331 south until you reach highway 20. Go west on highway 20 approximately 25 miles until you see signs for park on right.