Since we decided last minute to not make a trip home between Flagler Beach and our Snow-birding spot in Foley, AL. It left us with reduced options. I know this has been a theme with us this year. At least it has forced us to try some campground and parks we might have passed by, which in turn allows us to share some experiences with all of you.
We were having a strong debate about staying the last two weeks in the St. George Island area. This problem was that Cathy had pretty much hit up all the potential customers in the area and we needed to provide her some fertile prospecting grounds. We really wanted to make a stop in Panama City, but the state park was mostly full and the other options mostly too expensive and limited. We finally decided it might be different to stay further from the ocean but close enough to go on nice days.
I found Avalon Landing RV Park, just off of I-10 between Milton Fl and Pace Fl. It’s located on Indian Bayou and you can fish from the boardwalk without a license. This turned out to be a really good find for us.
I-10 is a major East/West route and Avalon Landing is literally right off of it. If you are looking for a place to stop for the night on your way East or West this is very convenient. It’s also a great spot if you are staying for a bit. We stayed for 13 days and the location could not have been better for us. The park is located 15 minutes from Pace and Milton. Between the two you have all the chain stores, restaurants, fast food, Walmart etc. Downtown Pensacola is 15 minutes away and has everything including white tablecloth restaurants, nightlife, malls and more. We will cover specific adventures in a future post. Pensacola Beach is 18-20 minutes depending on traffic. Gulf Breeze is 12 minutes if you take the toll road. Navarre/Fort Walton are 25-30 minutes and Destin is less than an hour away.
At the exit there is a gas station, McDonalds, Waffle House, Greek restaurant and a dive bar with a decent menu. You might expect there to be a lot of interstate noise but the only road traffic I heard was occasional crotch rocket speed by.
Avalon is a well laid out park. It has two sections separated by a canal and connected by trail and boardwalk. The East side has pull through sites for big rigs and over nights. The East and West loops are well designed have roads and curves that are nice and wide for maneuvering your rig. The East side where we were backs up to a nice field and forest and the other side of the loop fronts the private canal.
The West loop site mostly front the canal and Indian Bayou with a few backing up to trees and the main highway. The office is located on the West loop. both loops have a small, clean bathhouse and laundry. There’s a trail and a boardwalk connecting East and West loops. The boardwalk has a nice covered area with seats in the middle. There is also a small boat ramp and the park rents decent kayaks if you want to get on the water. We had planned to do this one day but didn’t get around to it during our short stay. We are still working full time.
The sites are all well maintained as are the bathhouses. The owners or hosts lead you to your site on an ATV and assist you with parking your rig. The sites are all full hookup and all support at least a 45ft RV and one vehicle. Cable TV is included and while they say the WiFi is for email and browsing only we used it for streaming on our smart TV’s. The roads are paved and the sites gravel surrounded by a concrete edging with a concrete patio for your chairs.
The staff was super nice, friendly and helpful. Like most campgrounds and RV parks the neighbors were nice and friendly for the most part. The people and dog watching were both good. I enjoyed the view of the woods behind the camper.
This may be a bit picky on my part but the office is tiny. More than two people checking in and you are probably waiting outside. You can get a sewer hose if you need it but camp supplies are mostly non-existent but there is a Walmart 15 minutes away. The rent fishing rods but they were not very good ones. I have to admit. I’ve gotten a little spoiled at a place or two that had big camp stores where you could walk over and get water, beer, milk, eggs or other stuff you might suddenly realize you are out of without having to drive big pearl into town. But in fairness there is a convenience store and a family dollar less than a quarter mile from the campground.
The Park is infested with ants. I was bitten several times while hooking up utilities and I was avoiding the obvious nests. There appeared to be two or three different kinds of ants. The upside, we never got any in the camper and they came around often dusting the beds but I still was bitten a few different times while there. You definitely had to watch your step if you got off the concrete.