Florida Scenics Blog- The art of Sharon Osterholt

The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location

Park #71 – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located a few miles east of Destin. Apparently this park is big with RV crowd, and as we pulled in to the entrance station we were asked 3 times if we were checking in before I could actually say anything! The park has a very large parking area just behind the pay station. It was noon and we were hungry for lunch and the only picnic tables were on the edge of the parking lot in the full sun. No shade to be seen!

Along the edge of the parking area, is small retention pond and a “trolly stop”. The trolly carries people back and forth from the parking area to the beach.  On the edge of the pond I was treated to seeing a few Ladies Tresses wild orchids just beginning to bloom. Rick couldn’t resist tossing in a lure & caught a bass on his first cast!

We were told the trail to the lake areas were 2 miles one way, which was awfully far to carry my gear on this hot afternoon. But luckily I saw a sliver of a pretty little lake just a short walk beyond the trolly stop.

The western edge of the lake was beautiful with pickerel weed and water lillies along the shoreline. Unfortunately the other side was the RV resort. I chose to paint just the pretty western view. As I was finishing up my painting a huge RV came in and parked in the sunny green spot on the left side of my painting! Whew – finished just in time!

I am sure the rest of this park is beautiful, just bring your hiking shoes, or maybe a bike to explore!

For more information on this park, visit their website

Topsail Hill Painting en plein air 8x10

Topsail Hill Painting en plein air 8×10″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #71 – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

  1. marge drew
    June 8, 2015

    Love your painting..Thank goodness you got a view..Not many of the photos open..but the one of your husband with the bass does.It is a lovely bass. Do you eat them or throw them back?

    It appears your still working on the photos..so I will check back later. hugs   Margé

    • FlaScenics
      June 8, 2015

      Thanks Margie!
      Rick was very happy with his catch. He always releases the fish, so it is still at home in the lake.
      The pics seem OK on my end. Are you looking at them on your email, or on my blog?

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