Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
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Introduction

With one of America's vastest and most beautiful sweeps of beach and an all-round breath-taking scenery, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is considered one of the best natural parks in the United States. Named after its 25-feet sand dunes, the park offers a wide range of natural resources and recreational activities for visitors all year round.

Located in Walton County, Florida, the park has three miles of beautiful white sand as well as unique plant and animal life including three species of the carnivorous pitcher plant, the endangered Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse, Florida black bears, and a variety of bird species including egrets, hawks, and woodpeckers.

RV campers will have an amazing time at this park, with spaces afforded to RV campers as well as an endless list of recreational activities available to visitors. The park has about 13 miles of trails with different surfaces, ranging from gravel and flat pavements to deep sand and rocky roads for all kinds of sporting activities like biking, hiking, and horseback riding.

The park also protects a line of freshwater coastal lakes including Campbell Lake and Morris Lake. Boats are not allowed in these parts of the park, but fishing and picnicking are among the most popular activities in these parts of the resort and visitors can also see remnants of World War II missile testing programs. With 156 RV sites, this resort is a prime destination for RV campers and should be at the top end of your list for next vacation destination.

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Transportation in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Driving

The park is easily accessible with no particular restrictions placed on any vehicle. RVs, trailers, cars, and motorcycles are all allowed to enter the park itself. The park is located at West County Highway 30A, just ten miles east of Dustin, Florida, and the wide, traffic-free roads ensure easy entry and exit from the park.

The resort can be accessed through two main entrances off U.S Highway 98. The western entrance leads directly to the beach access, while the eastern entrance leads to the northern shores of Lake Campbell. The unpaved road at the eastern entrance means it’s better accessed through four wheeled vehicles. The campgrounds are beautifully paved with smooth roads for easy transport. The beach is located about half a mile from the campground and because vehicular access is restricted at the beach, RVs and trailers have to be parked at the campground. The beach can only be accessed through the park's tram service or two-wheeled vehicles like motorcycles. However, visitors can also walk and ride horses to the beach.

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Campgrounds and parking in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Campsites in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Reservations camping

Topsail Hill Preserve Park Campground

The large campground at the Topsail Hill Preserve Park is better accessed through the western entrance of the resort. It features 156 pet-friendly RV sites with full hookups and a non-heated pool. There are also designated tent sites and 32 cabins with full water, electricity, and air conditioning access. The campground also features digital cable, vending machines, hot showers, and laundry facilities. There is a medical facility, restaurant, and golf course all within ten miles of the campground, with a nearby horse rental providing another means of transport to the beach for campers. The campground has a reservation window of 11 months and an early booking is advised, as the Park remains sold out during most months of the year.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

In-Season

Swimming

The beaches at Topsail Hill park are among the very best in the States. With three miles of clean white sand and clear blue water, swimming and relaxing at Santa Rosa beach should be at the top of any visitor's to-do list. Park rangers and lifeguards provide swimming gear at the beach entrance for visitors of ages seven upwards. There is a pool at the campgrounds for visitors to enjoy and is highly recommended for kids, but walking down or taking a tram to the beach is a much more rewarding experience for adults as not only is the clear blue water attractive, but Santa Rosa beach is also home to about 12 different bird species and is a nature lover's perfect relaxation spot.

Fishing

Fishing is one of the most popular sports along the beaches of Topsail Hill. The Campbell Lake is a fishing hotspot, with park rangers offering help on what type of baits to use and what kinds of fish you are most likely to catch depending on the time of year. The rangers also offer fishing gear and equipment to customers which is optional to use. Campbell Lake isn’t the only fishing hotspot, as the Morris Lake and Santa Rosa Beach are also good places to catch trout, panfish, Spanish mackerel, and catfish.

Hiking

The Topsail Hill Park offers a wide variety of hiking options to tourists. The Campbell Lake Trail and Beach Ram trails are both straight, paved roads, making for easy walking or jogging sessions. Along Morris Lake Trail, hikers pass through ancient dunes and scrub communities, with the more white sand making for a more challenging hike. The Deer Track Trail takes visitors directly to Campbell Lake where some of the park’s most unique plant-life grow including water lilies and carnivorous pitcher plants.

Off-Season

Ranger-guided Tours

There are various ways to tour the Topsail Hill Preserve Park in the off season, with park staff offering different touring events regularly for visitors to enjoy. There is a ninety-minute ranger-guided paddle tour across Campbell Lake for visitors, as well as trail hikes to some of the park’s historical sites. These tours also act as an opportunity for tourists to see the park's unique plant life, as the Park is home to a special collection of land and sea plants. The knowledge of the park's rangers will certainly add to the experience. The tours are taken through different Park routes at uneven intervals. Details about future touring events can be found on the park's website and further enquiries can be made at the park store.

Art In The Park

Art In The Park is a regular art-making event for visitors at the Park. Classes are conducted at least once every couple of months , which gives visitors a chance to make their own art works like basket weaving, water color painting, and molding. Each class has a different theme and technique and classes range between five to ten participants. Registration for classes can be done at park stores or the resort's website. All materials needed are provided for during the class and participants must have a minimum age of 12 years.

Wildlife Viewing

The beaches and vegetation of the Park are not just attractive to people. The park also features some of the country’s most unique wildlife.. Red-shouldered hawks and osprey can be seen patrolling the skies along the beach and egrets can also be found along Morris Lake. The park is also home to the elusive and now endangered Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse. Florida black bears, plovers, and loggerhead turtles also reside here and have adapted to life in the various terrains across the park. Park rangers and field guides are put in place to escort visitors on wildlife viewing tours of the park to see these amazing animals in their natural habitat.

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