What to do in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

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This park offers a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. Three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing. Although boats are not allowed, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish, and catfish. Lakes, pristine beaches, old-growth long leaf pines, sand pine scrub, and a variety of wetlands offer a bird-watching and hiking paradise. Visitors may bike, walk, or enjoy a quick ride to the beach on our timely tram service to swim, fish, sunbathe, or beachcomb. A full-facility campground features a swimming pool, tennis courts, and shuffleboard courts. Furnished bungalows are available for weekly stays. A camp store offers a variety of camping items, as well as snacks and drinks.

Swim, sun, beachcomb for sea beans and watch shorebirds along 3.2 miles of quiet, white quartz sand beaches with the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping on the shore. A tram running every 2 hours starting at 9 AM will take you to the beach or if you choose you can walk or bike a half-mile along the path to the beach.

The Gregory E Moore RV Resort has 156 sites with water, 30 or 50 amp electric, cable, sewer, heated swimming pool, laundry, shuffleboard and tennis courts. Bathhouses are heated and cooled. Big rigs welcome.

Enjoy a picnic under our picnic pavilions located at the end of Topsail Road and near the beach boardwalk.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has excellent trails, beaches, and lakes to view wildlife, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. Topsail Hill Preserve is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Recreation
Try your luck on our excellent fishing spots. Enjoy fish water fishing on one of our coastal dune lakes. These lakes are full of many types of freshwater fish including bass, pan fish, and freshwater catfish. The 3.2 mile stretch of secluded beach is excellent for saltwater fishing. Catch a pompano, red fish, Spanish or king mackerel. License is required for fresh and saltwater fishing.

Explore our Morris Lake Nature Trail as it meanders 2.5 miles through ancient dunes and scrub communities. Along this trail you can see old remnants of iron tracks can be seen from the first WWII missile development program in the U.S. Hikers can also enjoy miles of abandoned jeep trails within the park. Along Campbell Lake Nature Trail, enthusiasts may discover a diverse array of plants and animals covering an area of over 5 miles.

Swim in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico anywhere along 3.2 miles of quiet, white quartz sand beaches. Lifeguards are not available.

Location
This park is located in Santa Rosa Beach on Route 30A, one mile off U.S. 98.

Climate
Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Address
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Phone: 850-267-0299

Email: michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us

Traveler Reviews of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


tiffany rates Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
My family has been to Topsail twice. The volunteers and park rangers are very friendly. There are plenty of activities to enjoy- call ahead for Kid's Club and naturalist talk dates. These are a must! There's also shuffle board, biking, kayaking, an outdoor pool and an awesome beach. There's a laid back atmosphere and it's a quick drive to shopping, dining, and entertainment in Destin. My family appreciates the tent-only section of the park. This section has new facilities including its own laundry. Our only complaint has been the lack of shade. Campsites are set off the beach to preserve the habitat. You can either walk or ride your bike to the beach. Otherwise, a tram is offered. This is one of the few places on earth with dune lakes. Make sure you visit them!
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