TOPSAIL HILL PRESERVE STATE PARK
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.
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
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.
Come to our visitor center located at the main office in the campground off of Hwy 30A and receive information on the park and local attractions.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has a small concession located in the park office for campers and visitors. The small store has basic recreation and camping items for your convenience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.