cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.
This is the BEST State Park we have stayed at. This was our 3rd time and we stayed for 10 days.The RV park is paved level and lots of trees and shrubs make in feel like miles from the world even with it filled. From the RV area its a short 1/2 mile walk through the park to the beach. Also a tram runs every hour to the beach. Lots of paths to follow, several dune lakes, swimming pool, shuffle board and other games. Site is secure and closed at night with a pass code to enter after hours. Lots for the younger generation to do as with us seniors. Rangers offer several classes during the day and there are kayaks and bicycles to be rented. Restrooms are clean and state staff very helpful. Only drawback is early reservations are needed as it is usually filled.
We stayed at Topsail State Park for four days during the third week in May. We were in site 11 which is a back in site. The driveway leading up to site 11 is very broken up. In fact, I twisted my ankle getting out of our truck. I read on their website that the sites in this area are due for modernization soon. Other than the broken concrete, the site was pretty good. Site 11 is in the older part of the RV camping area. It is across from the bath house but within walking distance of the pool, and the camp store. A good thing about site 11 is that it is close enough to the camp store that our computer could connect to its wifi. Wifi is only available at the store, it is not park wide. The camp store is a store in name only. It had t-shirts for kids, water, ice-cream, and a very few dry goods. The park office gave us a brochure detailing the digital cable channels. Our digital tuner refused to work. Luckily we had our tailgater with us and site 11 backs up to an area cleared for the high line wire. The bathhouse was spotless but needs a little updating also. The best feature of this camping area is the beach. Top Sail State Park is 1600 acres of nature. Cities are on both sides, but you will be in the middle of nature. The park has a tram that runs hourly from 9 am to 7:30 pm. It's about a mile from the park to the beach. My husband and I would catch the 9 am tram, stay on the beach until were were starting to turn pink and then come back about noon. The beach in this area was not crowded at all. But, there is no lifeguard on duty. Pay attention to the flags that are posted. I learned that if the flag is red, even wading to your knees can get you knocked down. If you want to dine out, there are plenty of options within driving distance. The park is spotless, quiet, and peaceful.
Great park with many things to do. I love this place! I stayed there for a week then our trip had to be cut a little short because of the hurricane that came in, we were evacuated with little notice for safety reasons. I received a refund for the extra time I had already paid for and thankfully the storm ended up being much smaller and less threatening than they had originally expected. Even though evacuating on short notice was somewhat of hassle, I appreciated their concern and preferred to evacuate than stay and deal with a potential insurance claim for damages. If you plan on enjoying the beach often while you're there, make sure to bring a beach cart to haul your items in and bring a beach umbrella, this will make everything much more enjoyable and a lot less tiring.
Absolutely perfect! Sites are a bit close but, they are sized nicely and easy to maneuver into. There are lots of trees and shrubs to give added privacy. There is beach access and lots of roads in the park to walk/ride bikes. The nearby areas are geared to getting you to part with your cash but, there is something for everyone. There are really wonderful, reasonably priced restaurants all around. You won't go hungry. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
What a FANTASTIC state park campground.
They even have a POOL!
There are WONDERFUL bike trails to the beach and through the entire park. There is also a convenient tram to the beach that runs hourly.
The bathrooms are....."state parky" and hopefully the state of Florida will realize what a magnificent asset they have in their state parks and update them all over.
If you have not yet used the Florida State Park reservation system, you are in for a treat. Many of the spots have pictures of that very spot which helps people like us seek and find shade.
Despite the bathrooms being so-so, this state park is a fantastic destination and very well located to everything you could possibly need.
Driving into Destin for dinner is a chore so keep traffic snarls in mind.
This is by far one of the best state campgrounds we have ever stayed in. There are multiple sections to the campground, but all sites are full-hookup, except the tent section, and all is well-lit and very clean. Bath houses are very nice and clean, there is laundry facilities, swimming pool, camp store and park sponsored activities.
The campground is 1/2 mile from the beach, which is still within the park, and a free trolley runs 9-7 or so every day during the summer. Many people ride their bikes to the beach area, and there is plenty of bike parking available. Once at the beach trolley stop, it is another 100 yards across a boardwalk through the dunes.
The staff is all extremely friendly and accommodating. My wife was on crutches and they offered her the use of a sand wheelchair at the beach. We couldn't have done it without that! Many thanks to the staff for making our stay excellent.
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How to Read Good Sam Directory Ratings
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How to read the Good Sam Rating 10/10 /10. All three ratings categories are measured on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.Less than 1 percent of parks or campgrounds receive the coveted 10 / 10 / 10 rating, which indicates superior facilities that are well maintained, clean, well-appointed restrooms and a highly appealing appearance.Campgrounds are inspected annually by dedicated RVers like you.
Completeness of facilities
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Cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms and showers
10 / 10 / 10 The second rating category concerns the cleanliness and physical characteristics of toilets, walls, showers, sinks/counters/mirrors and floor. If a park achieves a full point in each of the above, it receives a star (), indicating exceptionally clean restrooms.
Also rated are physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
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