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Tour Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve Sate Park is a great destination to enjoy the outdoors. We recently got the opportunity to visit this amazing park. This beautiful state park is nestled in Santa Rosa Beach just off 30A. The park has over 3 miles of white sandy beaches, beautiful sand dunes, coastal dune lakes, and miles of paved biking paths throughout the park.

We stayed in one of the cabins in the park and it exceeded our expectations. The cabin was fully furnished, came with two bathrooms, and had nice appliances. When I think of cabins I think of rustic… this cabin was far from rustic. We enjoyed cooking burgers on the grill outside and drinking coffee while sitting in the rocking chairs on the screened-in porch.

While exploring the park we enjoyed the pool, biking the trails, and sitting on the beach. The tram driver also let us put the paddleboard in the back of the truck so we could get our paddleboard to the beach!


Beautiful emerald water with over three miles of sugar white beaches and towering sand dunes are enjoyed by visitors to Topsail. If you’re looking for a beach away from the condos and beach houses, Topsail is a recommended destination.

The beaches at Topsail can be accessed by campers and for day use. From the day use parking area you can take the tram or bike to the beach. The beach area has picnic tables and bathroom facilities. Kayak rentals are also available on the beach.

Camping and Cabin Information

Topsail has something for everyone when it comes to overnight trips to the park. Topsail has 22 tent sites, 155 RV sites, and 32 cabins available. The camping facilities include bathroom facilities, swimming pool, camp store.

We were really impressed with the tent sites at the park. The sites were in a separate area from the RVs and sat back from the parking area to give each site its own secluded area.  There are 22 sites that included a tent pad, fire ring, and water and electric. A restroom and shower facility is also in the tent area.

The RV resort has 156 sites with water, 30 or 50 amp electric, cable, sewer, and a swimming pool. The RV park also includes shuffleboard courts next to the pool, bathrooms with showers, and laundry facilities.

Coastal Dune Lakes

There are three rare coastal dune lakes located in the state park. In Lake Campbell, visitors can rent a canoe or kayak from the campground store to explore the lake.

For the fishermen shoreline fishing is available. The lakes have bass, bream, panfish, and catfish. One of the lakes is accessible by a paved path by bike or foot. There are picnic and bathroom facilities at this lake.

Hiking and Biking

Topsail has over 7 miles of trails to explore. Hike through ancient dunes, explore coastal dune lakes, and more. Around Morris Lake there are 2.5 miles of hiking trails. Hike the Campbell Lake Nature Trail and enjoy an area covering over 5 miles of a diverse array of plants and animals.

Cabins and Bungalows

If you don’t RV camp and tent camping is not for you, a cabin may be the right fit. While the OGC crew normally camps in a pop-up this time of year, we got an opportunity to enjoy a cabin. If you are thinking rustic, woodsy cabins, then you need to think again. The cabins are very clean, fully furnished little houses. The cabin we stayed in had a nice large screened-in porch with rocking chairs and a picnic table. Inside was a fully furnished kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, and two full baths. Outside had a BBQ grill and picnic table as well as close access to the nature trail.


There are also one bedroom bungalows at the state park. A bungalow is fully furnished and has a carport, full kitchen, bathroom, living room, and utility room. The bungalows are available for weekly rentals.

Rentals at Topsail

If you are wanting to explore the grounds by bikes, kayaks, or paddleboards, Topsail has everything.

By bike: there are over 2 miles of paved bike paths to enjoy in this park. Bike to the Gulf or to Lake Campbell.

By kayak: paddle the emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico. What a great way to spend the day! Or you may want to explore the coastal dune lakes by kayak. Kayak rentals are available in Lake Campbell.

Play for the Day

You don’t need to stay overnight to enjoy this state park. For as low as $6.00 a day, visitors can enjoy the many activities this park has to offer. Bike or hike the many paths or take the tram to the beach.

The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

Admission Fee:

Entrance at Highway 98 and Highway 30-A

$6.00 per vehicle, allowing admission for 2-8 people per vehicle; over 8 people requires additional per person fees.

$4.00 per single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle, including motorcycles with one or more riders and vehicles with one occupant.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, per passenger over 8 per vehicle, per passenger in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance.

Photos of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

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