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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
TOPSAIL HILL PRESERVE STATE PARK
TOPSAIL HILL PRESERVE STATE PARK
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida   32459

Phone: 850-267-0299
Reservations: 800-326-3521
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. Gregory E. Moore RV resort features a (non-heated) swimming pool 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. Located in Santa Rosa Beach on Route 30A, one mile off U.S. 98.
Nature of the Area
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
History of the Area
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is named for the tallest dune in the Preserve. When viewed from the Gulf the tallest dune resembles a ship's Topsail.

The preserve was purchased in 1992 and the RV resort was added in 1998. Funds to buy this property came from the Conservation Acquisition of Recreation Lands (CARL) program, also known as Forever Florida. In total Topsail Hill Preserve encompasses 1,637 acres. Topsail was purchased because of it's unique natural ecosystems, 14 in all including freshwater coastal dune lakes, wet prairies, scrub, pine flatwoods, marshes, cypress domes, seepage slopes and 3.2 miles of sparkling white sand beaches. In fact Topsail Hill is the most intact coastal ecosystem in Florida.

When Europeans entered the area they started logging and gathering turpentine from pine trees. There was a little settlement here called the "Quarters" which was a turpentine camp. Turpentine was very important for ship maintenance in the days when ships where the main means of transportation. Turpentining is hard labor. A deep V or cat face is cut into the side of a tree to induce the flow of sap where it is the gathered in a pot hung from a nail in the tree. The sap is then boiled and the evaporative turpentine collected. Many of these trees with the cat faces still evident are found in the preserve.
Cabins
Bungalows are located within Gregory E. Moore RV campgrounds near the tram stop and are available for weekly or monthly rental. Each bungalow is fully furnished and equipped with all appliances, cable TV, and linens. Our one-bedroom bungalows have additional sleeping of a fold out couch. Each bungalow has a carport, full kitchen, bathroom, living room and utility room.
Camping
The Gregory E Moore RV Resort has 156 sites with water, 30 or 50 amp electric, cable, sewer, (non-heated) swimming pool, laundry and shuffleboard courts. Bathhouses are heated and cooled. Big rigs welcome.

RV Camping

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has excellent RV camping for visitors to enjoy. There are 156 sites with full hook-ups, including sewer, electric, cable, and water.
Swimming
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.


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Day Use Area
Located in our day-use area parking lot off of Hwy. 30A, there is a tram station along with picnic tables and ADA restrooms. Our campground has two large ADA bath houses and a laundry facility. There is an ADA restroom near our beach boardwalk at the end of the tram road. The park has an internet connection located on the clubhouse porch across from the park office.

There are outdoor showers for rinsing off after a day at the beach near the beach bathhouse at the end of the tram path.
Picnicking
Enjoy a picnic under our picnic pavilions located at the end of Topsail Road and near the beach boardwalk.
Trails
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.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 29 Wonderful! by Nathan P.
Visit all day. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The grounds and bathroom facilities were very clean and well kept. we enjoyed the nice bike trails and awesome beach and even seen some deer feeding on the dunes. Looking forward to visiting again when can camp and stay longer.
April 9 simply the best, great staff
July 19 A new favorite
Had very good hiking trails. The site was very well maintained.


Area Campgrounds

Peach Creek RV Park
4401 East Highway 98
Santa Rosa Beach, FL


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Directions
Located in Santa Rosa Beach 10 miles east of Destin, FL. Take Interstate 10 to Exit 85 (Defuniak Springs) and follow U.S. Highway 331 south. Travel 27 miles to U.S. Highway 98. Turn right and travel approximately 5 miles west to scenic Highway 30A. Turn left and go ? mile to the entrance on the right.

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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
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