Thursday, November 5, 2015

Topsail Hill Preserve

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)  
There are numerous state parks around the Destin area and on Hwy. 31, the scenic stretch where we stay. We have been to a few in the past but somehow missed Topsail Hill on past trips. It was the prettiest that we have seen. Parks along the coast consist mainly of pines and assorted low-growing shrubs that grow well in sand. Topsail featured a wide paved road, spotted with joggers and hikers, that ran one mile to the white sandy dunes and beach. It had more of a "forest" feel with denser plantings and taller trees.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)

Topsail Hill Preserve is also considered a major bird sanctuary. We heard birdsong constantly along our walk and saw a few birds in the open although most of them remained quite shy. There was also a sign warning about bears but fortunately we didn't see any of those.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)

After leaving the forest area, a long boardwalk takes you to the beach. Sandy dunes with wildflowers dotted them.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)

The city of Destin in the distance.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida)  


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place. I have been in that area before but I didn't know about this place. I have rarely been along beaches but when I have I didn't ever see wildflowers blooming on the dunes. What a pretty sight.

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  2. Almost makes me want to visit Florida. Beautiful photos!

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  3. Very nice photos, Phillip!

    (And a technical question -- it looks like you've inserted Flickr photos into a Blogger blog. Is that the case? If so, any tips on how to replicate your achievement? :)

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    1. That is correct. Once you pull up your photo in Flickr, you should see an option to "share" (I think it is a downward pointing arrow). It will give you a code to insert into your HTML code on your blog.

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  4. Gorgeous photos of the Santa Rosa beach area, both this post and the last. We have been in this area many times, but have never visited Topsail Hill Preserve. Must do!

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