Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

by Jennifer Reed March. 06, 2017 1820 views

RVers love to find a great spot especially if that spot involves exchanging winter snow for a great site to setup camp where there's perfect weather a short walk from one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located in the Panhandle of Florida in South Walton County along scenic county road 30A. With more than 3 miles of emerald beach, more than 6 miles of trails and plenty of amenities you'll have plenty to do if you should to opt to do more than relax. This video created by Jerome Cloninger shows the beauty of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. 

The park offers cabins, RV and tent spots. The hardest part about staying is there is getting a reservation in the winter. Book early and know that you can't stay longer than 15 days. 

Our 42' long Redwood fifth wheel easily fit in the sites at Topsail and the sites offered shade, privacy and are easy for big rigs to access. 

View of site 90 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

The sites are deep, offer nice privacy and most have shade. We stayed at site 90 on the left.

Site 127 was gravel and offered full shade.

Site 127 was gravel and offered filtered shade all day. Our cat, Willie, loved it.

The trails offer nice shade and opportunities to see wildlife. Trams that run periodically can transport you back and forth to the beach. You can also ride your bike to the beach but pets and bicycles aren't allowed on the beach so you'll have to park your bike in the ample bicycle parking next to the beach boardwalk. Two kayaks were available for rent. There may be more available for rent during the warmer months.  

Trail map of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Trail map of the park.

Tram stop and restrooms near the beach

Tram stop and restrooms near the beach.

Bicycle parking near the beach

Bicycle parking near the beach boardwalk.

Shower to rinse off next to the beach boardwalk.

Shower to rinse off next to the beach boardwalk.

The boardwalk to the beach offers glimpses of a coastal lake. Our skies were overcast during our predawn walk so we felt as it we had the whole beach to ourselves. 

Boardwalk to the beach.

Boardwalk to the beach.

Shaded playground for little campers.

Shaded playground for little campers.

If you forgot any camping supplies the onsite store should be able to fill your needs. Laundry facilities are also available onsite. Publix grocery store and Walmart are within a few miles of Topsail in case the onsite store doesn't have what you need.

Campground store

Campground store.

The small pond offers a scenic view for quiet reflection and can be seen from a few of the campsites. 

Freshwater pond.

The towns along county road 30A offer some incredible master-planned architectural gems with many locally-owned restaurants, quaint shops and galleries. If you're able, we recommend traveling 30A by bicycle since the 19 miles Timpoochee Trail runs next to 30A and lets you wander the small streets at a leisurely pace. Highlights along the way are the towns Seaside, Watercolor, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach. Trivia buffs might enjoy knowing the town of Seaside is where the movie 'The Truman Show' was filmed. 

Foodies may want to journey a couple miles from Topsail to dine at Louis Louis which provided one of the best meals of my life. Everything from the basil cucumber martini to the crab cake appetizer, the blackened group over bacon cheddar cheese grits, and the Key Lime pie were absolutely delicious. 

Hikers and mountain bikers can burn off some calories at Point Washington State Forest. Check out their trail map. We enjoyed the Eastern Lake and Cassine Trails the most. 

If you're staying at Topsail for more than a few days, the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola is well worth the drive. Admission is free and they're open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily except for a few major holidays. 

Click here to find campsites available at Florida State Park this weekend.

Have fun enjoying a simplified life!

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