Topsail Hill Preserve State Park September Events

August 24, 2013 by Teresa Lischka

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is an wonderful place to explore any day of the year. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend some of the weekly music events and park rangers programs coming up in September at this Florida State Park located on the west end of Scenic 30A in South Walton.

Americana Under the Stars is every Thursday night from 6:00pm– 8:00pm. Starting with an open mic at 6pm in the amphitheater Topsail presents an evening of music. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages. 

September music lineup: 
September 5th– Gail Carson Trio
September 12th– Katherine Archer
September 19th– Frank Lindamood
September 26– Lucky Mud 

A variety of programs are presented by park rangers throughout the year on wildlife and natural resources. September programs include: 

Campbell Lake Canoe Trip Friday September 6  9:30am– 11:30am Join us for a unique opportunity to paddle Campbell Lake. Located within the heart of Topsail Hill, Campbell Lake is the larger of the parks two coastal dune lakes. You will join the ranger as he leads you to various points around the lake and discusses what makes this lake as well as the others so unique. No outside canoes or kayaks are allowed on the lake so space is limited to 10 people for each trip. A sign up sheet will be available in the ranger station starting August 26th and will be on a first come first serve basis. Meet at tram stop 1 by 9:30am on September 6th to catch the tram to the lake.

Alligators Friday September 13
2:00pm– 3:00pm
These formidable creatures were once hunted to near extinction, but have made an incredible recovery. Come learn the full history of Florida's most famous reptile at this informative slideshow presentation 

Breakfast with a Ranger  Saturday September 14
Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill to learn about the park, its history and to ask them all the questions you can think of about the park, its wildlife, and anything in between. This week will also feature two members of AmeriCorps who will discuss the fight against exotic plants. This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast .

Animal Tracks Friday September 20
1:00pm– 3:00pm
This all ages program is designed to be a hands on learning experience in the art of tracking. you will learn different types of tracks and which animal makes them. You will get to make your own tracks using the same techniques used at the parks and you will go on a short hike to see tracks in the wild. This program will take place in the clubhouse and conclude with a short hike to apply your knowledge. 

Surf Fishing Friday September 27
8:00am– 12:00pm
Surf fishing is a popular sport along the beaches of Topsail Hill. This program will teach you what types of bait will work, what times of year certain fish can be caught and common fish you can catch from the beach. Fishing gear is optional, the park has fishing gear. This program will take place at the Beach Access, park in the Day Use parking area and catch the 8:00am Tram to the beach. The program will take place once the 8:00pm Tram arrives at the beach 


All programs except Breakfast with a Ranger and Americana Under the Stars require a $6.00 entry admission into the park. Call (850)267-8330 for more details.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offers a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. Three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing. Although boats are not allowed, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish, and catfish. Lakes, pristine beaches, old-growth long leaf pines, sand pine scrub, and a variety of wetlands offer a bird-watching and hiking paradise. Visitors may bike, walk, or enjoy a quick ride to the beach on our timely tram service to swim, fish, sunbathe, or beachcomb. Gregory E. Moore RV resort features a (non-heated) swimming pool and shuffleboard courts. Furnished bungalows are available for weekly stays. A camp store offers a variety of camping items, as well as snacks and drinks.

Florida State Parks are treasures waiting for your discovery!

Additional information, photos & video on South Walton area parks:
Parks Of South Walton & Northwest Florida


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A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

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