Campbell Lake at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is no doubt one of the most pristine coastal dune lakes in South Walton County and is a favorite hidden surf spot among the locals of the Emerald Coast. Meticulously maintained by the Park, this nearly 100-acre lake is host to amazing natural beauty.
Surrounded by dunes and maritime forests, the lake is also home to an abundance of native flora. Bald cypress, fragrant water lilies, spatterdock, and black needlerush can be found, along with floating hearts just offshore which make the waves appear to flash green.
Tiny, purple carnivorous bladderworts pop up in the water near the lilies, and American Wisteria can be found in two places around the lake, along with a nice St. Johns Wort “forest” on the north shore. No outside vessels are permitted as the park wants to be sure no invasive plants, seeds or other contaminants are introduced to the lake.
Kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards are available for rent at the park along with a monthly interpretive tour offered by one of the rangers. The interpretive tours will educate visitors on the ecosystems, flora and fauna according to ranger Chris Whittle who customizes each tour to the interests of his audience. A gorgeous chance to see old world Florida, how it first looked when the Spanish began to explore the state.
So head over to Topsail and explore Campbell Lake, it’s the real deal. There’s a $6.00 entry admission, but it is per vehicle, so if you’ve got a family the size of the Brady Bunch, this might be the perfect opportunity to explore a beautifully preserved coastal park without breaking the bank.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located off Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, not far from the beautiful boutique hotel, 30-A Suites. For more information about Topsail Hill Preserve, call (850) 267-8330.
After spending the day off the beaten path, so to speak, surrounded by the coastal wonders of our pristine paradise, you can look forward to returning to unique charm and southern hospitality of the premier boutique motel on the Emerald Coast, 30-A Suites.
Situated amidst the rolling, polished quartz crystal sand dunes and the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 30-A Suites offers guests a luxurious stay with an exclusive feeling, set away from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, along scenic route 30-A, for which the property takes its moniker, in beautiful Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Ideal for the traveler that prefers a more authentic, laid back vacation, our gorgeous rentals are the epitome of personalized comfort with a modern flare. Each uniquely decorated unit has been designed to be your coastal oasis surrounded by lush tropical foliage and fragrant blooms of jasmine or magnolia. Guests will find spacious living areas complete with cozy furniture, fully equipped kitchens, sumptuous bedding, crisp linens, over-sized bathrooms with modern luxuries, and private patios overlooking our breathtaking landscape.
Other nearby activities you will love include exploring the historical grounds of Eden State Park, visiting a preserved plantation, golf at some of the most prestigious courses in the country, diving, sports fishing charters, and so much more you may not know where to begin.
So this summer, try something new, and visit the beautiful beaches of south Walton County with a stay at the premier beachfront boutique hotel, 30-A Suites. The final days of summer are the perfect time to indulge in all that the Emerald Coast has to offer! Call now to learn more or book your stay. 850-499-5058