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Old 03-19-2015, 06:44 AM   #1
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Fort Morgan Camping

I'm looking at planning a trip for next year that takes me down the Illinois River to the Mississippi River, and all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. As part of the trip, I'd like to be able to camp along the beach one night. I don't want to be in a campground, but having some services/supplies nearby would be nice. Can anyone recommend an area that I can legally beach camp near Ft. Morgan or even towards Pensacola? For example, can I just drive down to the end of the road in the link below and camp? (I'm assuming I can't.) Thanks for any advice or tips!

http://goo.gl/maps/D9B2N
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:55 AM   #2
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It has been a while since I have been to Ft Morgan, that road you linked, used to be one of a couple of "public" beach access areas.

I can not recall if there were no camping signs, but I can tell you that I never saw anyone camping there.

Game and Fish guys ride up and down the beach about 2 times per night on UTV's, at least they do in the fall when the turtles are nesting/hatching. Primarily around the Bon Secur wildlife area from what I remember.

this might be helpful?

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/campi...ores-2641.html

http://www.fortmorganrvpark.com/

BTW, Ive wanted to do the same thing, I love that area.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:10 AM   #3
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Thanks! I've seen the RV park listings, and that's definitely where I do not want to be. I'm hoping I can find somewhere I can just camp right on the beach, maybe just pull out the sleeping bag and mat. Maybe I can ask Fish and Game if there are available options?
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:33 AM   #4
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Let me know what you find to camp, Id like to know the answer too!

also, if you get the chance, go here, check out the gators on either side of the road, dont put your feet down.

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Old 03-19-2015, 07:42 AM   #5
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I'll have to add that to the list. I followed that street all the way down to the beach. I can see the sign in Street View that shows Daylight Use Only. I guess I won't be camping there either. I'll keep you posted if I find anything.
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this might be an option

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...d_Alabama.html

I have a buddy that lives down there, I sent him a message asking about tent camping on the beach, I will let you know if he has any suggestions.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:06 AM   #7
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Yep, that's the first one I spotted, and it might be where I end up if I can't find something more secluded. Then again, at that point in my trip I may welcome some company.
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Closer to what I want. At least it's on my way. I may have to arrange my day differently.

Grand Isle State Park
http://goo.gl/maps/Cdg6e
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I have camped on barrier Islands off Dauphine Island but not on main island. What time of year are you making the trip?
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Most likely in mid-May.
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Might try posting over in the Regional Forum for Alabama...
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:51 AM   #12
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I talked to my cousin that lives a few miles away in Gulf Shores. He said the road in your link would be your best option. He thought it best if you didn't camp right at the end of the road but walked West down the beach a ways.
They sweep the beach pretty early most mornings so you might get an early wake up call.
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Check out Fort Pickens camp ground near Pensacola Fla. It is very nice but camp ground is on the bay side but a short walk to the gulf side. Water is normally much clearer then Al,Miss,or La beaches.
You could ride down to Dauphin Island Al take Ferry across Mobile bay to Fort Morgan and then head down the beach road to Pensacola if you have time.
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Check out Fort Pickens camp ground near Pensacola Fla. It is very nice but camp ground is on the bay side but a short walk to the gulf side. Water is normally much clearer then Al,Miss,or La beaches.
You could ride down to Dauphin Island Al take Ferry across Mobile bay to Fort Morgan and then head down the beach road to Pensacola if you have time.
I'll definitely take a look as I was planning on heading in that direction already. Thanks!
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Here's one option for true beach camping, though it sounds like the 1/2 mile hike is now 2.5 miles.

http://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisi...o-key-area.htm
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