New cabins and tent camping areas now open at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

November 17, 2009

topsailcabinNew cabins feature solar panels

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has now opened 16 new cabins and 22 new tent camping areas. The new cabins include two bedrooms and two baths, sleeps six, full kitchen, breakfast bar, living/dining area, screened porch, solar panel, picnic tables and grill. An initial set of linens are provided as with the existing bungalows. The tent sites include a new restroom, elevated tent pad, water, electric and a fire ring.

Work is nearing completion on the bike path to Campbell Lake that will include a restroom and picnic area.

About Topsail:

Topsail Hill Preserve is one of the most diverse natural eco-systems in the state, featuring wet prairies, scrub, pine flatwoods, marshes and cypress domes.

The park has more than three miles of pristine beaches and five dune lakes, which encompass more than 170 acres on more than 1,637 acres of park.

Now known as the “Crown jewel of the Panhandle,” the park has RV accommodations, with 156 sites and 16 previous rental cabins, and continues to be one of the most popular in the state. Booking is often solid for 11 months ahead.

A tram shuttle to the beach is offered to visitors from the day-use parking area. Visitors can also hike or bike on the shared use trail.

The park has a small amphitheater that hosts many of the programs that feature interpretive talks about fauna and flora. The amphitheater was built with the help of a citizen’s support group “The Friends of Topsail.”

For Information about Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, please call 850-267-8330.

Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to sunset

Driving Directions:

Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is located 1/4 south of U.S. Hwy 98 on western end of Scenic Hwy. 30A.  Click here for map

Park Fees
Admission Fees – Honor $3.00 per vehicle (HWY 98 and HWY 30-A)

Pedestrians, Bicyclists, extra Passengers, Passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00

Bungalow – All Year, minimum one-week rental

To make reservations click here

Bungalows are located within Gregory E. Moore RV campgrounds and are available for weekly or monthly rental. Each bungalow is fully furnished and equipped with all appliances, cable TV, and linens. One-bedroom bungalows have additional sleeping of a fold out couch. Each bungalow has a carport, full kitchen, bathroom, living room and utility room.

To read a feature story on Topsail Click here

For more information, go to the park website at:

1 Comment
    1. I am shocked to see the building of many houses (“cottages’), paved roads, and other infrastructure within what is a designated state preserve. This once “pristine” area deserves better. When I hiked it last spring it had the aura of a burgeoning subdivision. This is very sad for the place and an abject failure of conservatorship.

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