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“Nature at it's best, with great RV sites.”

Topsail Beach State Preserve
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Owner description: With three miles of beach, this state beach appeals to nature lovers.
Moreno Valley, California
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76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Nature at it's best, with great RV sites.”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

Came here to see the beautiful beaches and camp in RV. Surprisingly spacious RV spots. Beautifully laid out. Nice sites very clean.
The beaches are clean. Sand is so white and water an emerald color. Absolutely breathtaking.
Wish we would have brought our bicycles. Lots of great bike trails.
Wish the weather was better to be able to enjoy the beach and campground more.
You can walk or take a tram to the beach. The walk was nice.

Visited February 2012
Thank LorenaGus
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Dothan, Alabama, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good value”
Reviewed January 31, 2012

Stayed in the 2 bedroom cabins and they were very nice and a very good value. Quite a distance from the beach, and the trek required a ride in the car to the tram station, a 10 minute trolley ride, and then another 8 minute walk from where the tram drop-off. But the beach is lovely and very peaceful. The location of the park is convenient to all points of interest on 30-A.

2 Thank Margaret S
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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127 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

Great place for a long walk. They also have a shuttle that runs every two hours if you don't want to walk to the beach (about 1 mile). Nice variety of forested area and a very nice beach. There was nobody else there the day we visited. We plan on going back very soon.

Visited January 2012
1 Thank 800retire11
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Bungalow review”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Trip Advisor doesn't seem to have this place listed in their "Hotel" or "Vacation Rental" sections, so I'll put my review here.

Topsail Preserve is a large state park on Santa Rosa island with spots for RV's, tent camping, and cabin and bungalow rentals. The 2-bedroom cabins and 1-bedroom bungalows can be reserved up to 11 months in advance at the Florida State Parks website. My wife and I stayed in a bungalow in November 2011 for three nights at the off-season rate of $100 per night and we enjoyed our visit.

Our bungalow was larger than I expected; I'd estimate it at about 900 square feet total, including the utility room. The kitchen is complete and includes dishes, pots, etc. We were provided linens and a set of towels, and one bar of soap. No dish-soap was provided, but two packets of detergent for the dishwasher was provided. The bathroom was small but clean and functional. Although the utility room had a space for a clothes washer and dryer, there were no utilities there; all clothes-washing must be done at the central coin-operated laundromat in the park. In addition to the queen bed in the bedroom (very comfortable) there were two sleeper sofas; one in the living room with the TV, and another in a small sitting room off of the dining room. Additional linens were provided for the sofa in the living room. There is no maid service; guests make their beds when they arrive and take the linens off the beds before checking out. Wifi is not available in the area containing the bungalows and cabins, but is available (and free) in the area around the camp store. Our bungalow was very neat and clean. The landscaping around our bungalow was mature and beautiful, with neighboring bungalows well-hidden. It was very quiet and dark at night. There were two problems with it: there was a mildew smell in the living room that required us to leave windows open during the day (but couldn't find any mildew), and the TV remote had some buttons that wouldn't work.

Access to the beach is 0.7 miles down an asphalt path. This is a 5-minute bike ride, or you can walk (15 minutes) or ride the tram (runs every 2 hours off-season). I highly recommend either bringing bikes for everyone (with at least one having a basket) or renting bikes from the camp store. Riding bikes around the park is really a lot of fun, and young kids will have a blast with it. The beach is stunningly gorgeous. The only people there are people staying at the park, and it is miles on either side to any beachside condos. For miles you are surrounded by the water in front of you and the sand-dunes behind you, and not many other people around.

The numerous hiking trails in the park are mostly old dirt roads and with two exceptions, are not much fun. Particularly ugly is a old straight road that bisects the park from the beach to Hwy 98; this clearly used to provide beach access from 98 at one time. It is a 50-foot wide line of loose sand with absolutely nothing growing in it, and it will be decades before this scar recovers. But I can recommend two walks. The Deer Track trail goes through pine woods and is truly covered with deer tracks. If you take this walk quietly at dusk I promise that you will startle some deer. The best hike, though, is the Morris Lake trail. It is the furthest removed from the campsites and so is lightly traveled, but it should be a required walk for all park visitors. It is basically a thorough investigation of Florida dune ecosystems. An observant hiker finishing this trail will understand why the park is here and comprehend the critical importance of the park's conservation mission, and see what has been lost in places like Destin, for example. At least, it meant a lot to me.

Visited November 2011
12 Thank gtcochran
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DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Thanksgiving getaway”
Reviewed November 25, 2011

We stayed at Topsail Beach State Preserve for two nights. It is a really laid back place with access to everything South Walton. We rode our bikes from Topsail to Grayton Beach and back (about 16.2 miles round trip) and had a blast. We highly recommend this spot, especially during the off season.

Visited November 2011
2 Thank Ron P
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