Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)

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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park main entrance off U.S. 98.
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Location Walton County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Destin, Florida
Coordinates 30°22′01″N86°17′56″W / 30.36694°N 86.29889°W / 30.36694; -86.29889 Coordinates: 30°22′01″N86°17′56″W / 30.36694°N 86.29889°W / 30.36694; -86.29889
Area 1,640 acres (6.6 km2)
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is a 1,640-acre (6.6 km2) Florida State Park located in Santa Rosa Beach, ten miles (16 km) east of Destin, off U.S. 98, in northwestern Florida. The address is 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A.

The Florida State Parks encompass the majority of the lands that fall under the authority of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. There are 175 such locations, including nature reserves, recreation areas, and historic sites. New park lands are added as landowners make gifts of property to the state or localities choose to turn over control of their historic sites to the state. The state park system is divided into five administrative districts.

Santa Rosa Beach is an unincorporated community in Walton County, Florida, United States. It belongs to the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Destin, Florida City in Florida, United States

Destin is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. It is a principal city of the Crestview–Fort Walton Beach–Destin, Florida, metropolitan area.

The park has over three miles of white sand beaches, as well as sand dunes, lakes, unique plant and animal life, and wetlands. It is named for a sand dune which stands nearly 25 feet above sea level. Topsail Hill preserve is home to a variety of animal life, including the endangered Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse.

Topsail Hill Preserve is accessed off U.S.Hwy 98, via two main entrances. The western entrance is served by a gravel paved road and leads to the primary beach access. The eastern entrance is unpaved and generally only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles. This entrance path leads to the northern shore of Lake Campbell, one of the three dune lakes contained within the preserve.

Recreational activities

The park has opportunities for bicycling, birding, fishing, and hiking, and full camping facilities.

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