Florida Vanlife – Trip 01d04

Permanent Vanlife is still about one year away, so I decided to get a feel for it, by planning multiple one-week trips in the van, throughout the US Southeast.

Part of a 7-day trip to the Florida Panhandle in my Ford Transit Van Build.
Day 4

Besides enjoyment, the goal of these multi-day journeys is also to get a sense of Vanlife and to add or change part of the setup in the van, if necessary.

Find more detailed information for this leg of the trip and free GPX-downloads of my hiking trails during this trip at AmericanVanLife.com

Florida Panhandle

Pensacola Beach

From my Pensacola overnight camp location at a local Walmart, I manage to arrive at a deserted beach within the Gulf Islands National Seashore, just after dawn.

Fort Pickens

Only a few miles down the road, I find Fort Pickens, originally founded by the Spanish, but the current fortifications were built in the early 1900’s to protect Pensacola Bay.


Bamahenge is a full-scale fiberglass replica of England’s Stonehenge located on the grounds of Barber Marina near Josephine, Alabama. It was designed and built by artist Mark Cline.

Dixie Highway

The Red Brick road is a 5 mile paved stretch in Milton, Florida, that has been part on several named trails and highways. Originally part of the Spanish Trail and after 1914 incorporated into the Dixie Highway which connected the Mid-West with Florida, it is also known as State Road 1.

Blackwater River Campsite

I make it to my next boondocking campsite, just before dusk. Located just to the East of Blackwater River State Park, the parking area of a boat launch lends itself well for an overnight stop.


  • Pensacola Beach ➜ 30.3173, -87.2616
  • Fort Pickens ➜ 30.3285, -87.2896
  • Bamahenge ➜ 30.3315, -87.5671
  • Dixie Highway ➜ 30.6254, -87.0210
  • Blackwater River campsite ➜ 30.7108, -86.8663

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