Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Topsail Hill State Park

I purchased a year pass good for all of the Florida state parks. While we go to St. Andrews State park 4 or 5 times a week, we occasionally visit other parks. We recently went to Topsail Hill State Park. It is noted for its 3.2 miles of secluded pristine white sand beach's with majestic dunes over 25 feet high. There are three rare coastal dune lakes that provide excellent freshwater fishing. The parking lot is about a mile from the sandy beach. A pram is available or you can bicycle or walk a well paved trail. Carol and I chose to walk.

As we got closer to the beach we were treated to the outstanding dunes on both sides of the trail. A system of elevated boardwalks were built traversing over the dunes.

The red caution flag was flying the day we visited as the waves were higher than the normally calmer Gulf. The sun shining on the sea and the virtually deserted beach created such a peaceful setting. Carol and I lingered along the beach for awhile before beginning the walk back to the parking lot.

As we slowly ambled back along the trail, Carol spotted a white tail deer in the sand dunes. We watched the deer bounce along the dunes.

It was an excellent way to spend part of the day. The beaches along the Florida Panhandle are so pristine and beautiful. I am thankful that so much of the natural beauty is being preserved.

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