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“MLK Weekend 2013”

Topsail Beach State Preserve
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Owner description: With three miles of beach, this state beach appeals to nature lovers.
Reviewed January 26, 2013

VERY nice state park, offers RV hookups, tent camping and cabins for rent. It's very family friendly place, lots of trails for bike riding. The beach is absolutely beautiful, the sand is practically white. The only downside to the park are the bath houses, the circulation is not that great, space in the actual shower stall is very tight and not enough hooks to hang things on. But other than that, it's a great spot, nearby LOTS of great eateries!

2  Thank Dee L
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Stopped by for a day visit. Very nice park that offers a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. 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.Three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing. Although boats are not allowed, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish, and catfish. 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. A camp store offers a variety of camping items, as well as snacks and drinks and rents bikes (although a bit pricey at $18 a day so bring your own or rent from one of the companies in Destin which is cheaper.

One bedroom bungalows are located within Gregory E. Moore RV campground near the tram stop. Available for weekly rental, each bungalow is fully furnished and equipped with all appliances, cable TV and linens. A sleeper sofa in the living area provides additional sleeping accommodations. Each bungalow has a carport, full kitchen, bathroom, living room and utility room. Cabins accommodate up to six people with two bedrooms and two baths, full kitchen and a living/dining area. Cabin amenities include a screened porch, picnic table and grill. The initial set of linens is provided. We got to peek in on a cabin rental and they were very nice!

3  Thank kes1639
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed a few hours alone on the beach and you can do just about anything you want! Keep an eye peeled for the county mounties!

3  Thank msh305
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

i stayed here a week and you could not ask for a better place the cabin was great plenyty of room for 6 people and close to beaches hikeing trails fishing ponds in the woods but close to everything

Thank Brad N
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We tent camped April 1st /4th 2012. In the primitive camping it's gravel and there's no tying off to trees. I'd recommend this area as the RV are loud at night. Highly recommend a bike to get around its a lot easier to make it out to the beach. Rollerblades are nice as well very smooth blacktop well maintained. The weird thing is your vehicle is parked away from site not far but could be as far as a football field. Luckily we had maybe 20 steps. Bathrooms were immaculate nicer than some hotels I've stayed at. Coin laundry in back. Everything is on the up and up here. We left stuff out at site and bikes at the beach everything was exactly like it was left, guess this is because there's no housekeeping. We didnt lock anything up and everything ws fine.
We did a lot of biking. The fresh water lakes and dunes are beautiful, we rode around both and only seen a few people the whole day. Trails were alittle sandy in spots but rideable. When we reached the dunes we hiked for a few hrs and was happy to see our bikes were safe when we returned.
I was surprise we swam everyday I thought the water would be too cold this time of year but the weather was up to 80 and 60 s at night. Perfect for a campfires at night and swimming in the day. I think a couple of days had record temps so i really lucked out. We really enjoyed camping here could hear the ocean and we could go out to the ocean anytime 24/7. With a 8 min bike ride or 15 min walk.We had bike lamps so we took advantage of nights on the beach never seen anyone else out after dark. Very private. I almost enjoyed this more than most beech vactions I've had. I didn't have too spend much money and the privacy was great for couples. There's a Walmart close by so supplies are close.

4  Thank Tricwicke
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