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Old 12-20-2010, 07:30 AM   #11
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Thanks Randy!

Man you really make me want to be there!!
Can't do it until my wife retires or they eliminate her job due to
funding cuts

But we still want to get out of the neighborhood in late
January IF THE WEATHER looks ok.
so....
Thanks Bill for the input on the Topsail area during the off
season.
We want to come. (Depending on a good 7-10 day forecast at that time.)

Google maps routes me from Louisville down
I65 to Montgomery then over to
US331
should I stay on US331 all the way to the bay/gulf???
Have you done this?
Can I make good time on 331 or does it have a lot of
lower speed limits and little towns with stops?
Are parts of US 331 4 lane or will I get stuck behind
slow pokes and not be able to pass??

If we do this we'll be high-balling the entire trip in one
day.
Looks like around 630 miles give or take.
Can't stand too much slow going and still get there in
one day.
Anyone been down this corridor?
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:37 PM   #12
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Anastasia Vs Topsail

Don't let me oversell you on the panhandle. We have been going there for several years because Brother-in-law winters over at the Military campground there so wife gets to see bro and go to Fla. We like it when the weather is nice. We do plan to go further South this Winter because chances are, the panhandle will still be cool.

(US331) The first time I went down, the GPS routed me down US331. It was pretty low rent and desolate. We were planning on overnite stay along there but when we lost cell signal, wife found a way to hi-tail it back to I65.

This year will be our first trip in a motorhome (anywhere!) and we will not have de-winterized so, I have a motel reservation in Greenville AL. We will leave I65 at exit 114 and take route 55 across . It was a pleasant drive in a car but don't know how it will be in the big beast...

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Old 01-04-2011, 05:49 PM   #13
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Update on Topsail

Been at Topsail Reserve in Santa Rosa for 5 days now. State Park is great. All sites are fairly private. Good facilities and great landscaping.

Weather has been "iffy" with rain and cold nights. Some sun on most days. Rain on the 1st and again tomorrow. Not beach weather yet but hoping it will warm up soon.

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Old 01-05-2011, 08:22 AM   #14
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Thanks for the report!

What route did you take to get there??
How did you like the route??

We are hoping to get a decent long range weather
forecast and maybe grab the last week of Feb
and come down.
Any suggestions for which loop or site #s you think are
best also appreciated.

We'll be in touch!!
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:30 AM   #15
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Topsail Reserve Update

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First, I would think the sites numbered 101+ would be more private since they are sort of on a one way in layout while the other sites are easier for folks to drive thru on their way somewhere else.

NOW, you won't like my route if you are in a hurry. Remember, this is our first RV of ANY type and I refused to test drive it because I was sure it would scare me to death. So, I picked it up in Clarksville, IN and drove South thru Lou rush hour. I decided to take my time to get to FL and because we were leaving late in the day due to Xmas with the G'kids in Lou, we just wanted to get thru Nashville the first day and stopped in Athens, AL.

Then, because of the COLD weather in KY, we were still winterized so we stayed on I65 and spent the night in a motel in Greenville (Hot Showers!), AL.

We exited I65 at Exit 96 (Evergreen, AL) and followed US84 to US331 South. Not a bad route but I suspect not as direct as you would want. As I said in a previous post, we have travelled to Destin many times but never down 331 from Montgomery, AL.

Now, my favorite 4-wheeler route is to exit at exit 114 and come down 55 to 85 and across the Mid-Bay (toll) bridge into Destin. But 331 puts you 5 miles East of 30A and is not toll.

Destin to Louisville by this route is a hard 10 1/2 hours by 4 wheeler.

Good luck,

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Kydan, I suspect you are not there any longer? We have camped at Ft. Clinch on Amelia Island, Hanna Park in Jax beach, Anastasia and Favor Dykes too. All these parks are wooded with wind swept live oaks making coastal camping enjoyable even when its June or even July.

How is was Topsail? What I mean does it feel like you were outside in the woods? Are the sights wooded and shady? Is this a new state park? Thanks.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:42 PM   #17
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Hey Bob, we have not been there yet.

Bend302 posted a photo down in the middle of this thread.
You can click the photo and get a slightly larger version.
It looks very nice to me!

We hope to go there for a week last of Feb first of March.
This is pending a good forecast for that week once it
gets closer.

I haven't checked reservations lately. I'm hoping the place
will not be full and I can wait till the last minute to see
what the weather is doing B 4 we make the long drive.

Back in the middle of December the reservations looked
nearly empty. That fact left me wondering why?
What was wrong with the park?
Apparently folks have been going further south to try to find better weather.

Just checked online reservations. It's filling up but there
are still several open sites.
I'm always torn with reservations this time of year---
Make a reservation and get a "good" site or wait to see
what the weather is and take my chances on a spot.....
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I have to say climate wise there is not much difference between the two. I have not been Top Sail, I can not give a good opinion there. Anastasia on the other hand is very nice. The sites are wooded, they are spaced a decent amount apart with native under growth. It is very pretty there regardless of its proximity to St. Augustine. I wanted to go there in April for the first week and nothing was available for the entire week.

Faver Dykes like I said is diamond in the rough as far as state parks go. You may want to check it out. Now my persepective is one of the preference for national parks versus full service travel trailer RV park resorts. So, Faver is out of the way, quiet wooded tucked next to a saltwater creek and I have camped there several times.
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Anastasia Vs. Topsail

We have moved down to Pine Island near Ft. Myers and it is still in the 40's at night. But the days are nice. We are going South and will visit the Keys for a night, then start back North....I hate to say that word!

Now, remember, we are neophytes at this RV stuff but, Topsail is the nicest campground we have been in so far.

We liked Topsail so well we are going back for the last 2 wks in Feb. Have a site reserved (#85) right next to where we stayed in Jan. Hope the weather warms up. If one of you are there, stop by and say Hi!



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Old 01-28-2011, 06:58 AM   #20
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We liked Topsail so well we are going back for the last 2 wks in Feb.
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That's GREAT news! I'm thinking we'll miss you by
"that" much but we'll see. I'll PM you and we can trade
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