Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, located in Santa Rosa Beach, is one of our favorite spots in the area for running. The 1,640-acre park features a variety of habitats and terrain: pristine beaches, freshwater coastal dune lakes, old-growth long-leaf pine forests, and wetlands. Runners can create their own route, using the variety of overlapping trails. Options include: 3.5 miles of runnable beach, with a nice boardwalk leading to it; the 2.5-mile Nature Trail along Morris Lake and ancient coastal dunes.; the Campbell Lake multi-use trail from the tram station to Campbell Lake; and several miles of abandoned jeep trails. The park is also a popular beach use area and has a campground.
Great Runs friend Aurélie Vilmer has mapped a 10k loop, which covers most of the park.
Add-Ons: The north Timpoochee Trail is located in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. This multi-use path runs for 19 miles south to Santa Rosa Beach.