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Old 09-16-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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Route options to Topsail St Park in Florida

We will be visiting Topsail State Park in Northwest Florida mid-November and would appreciate opinions on which route to take. We will be in a 40' MH with toad coming from the West on I-10. MS S&T suggests taking US-98 off of I-10 at Pensacola but looking at options. Seems like US-98 would be scenic but also lots of traffic and lights. Since we will be there a week I would prefer to sight see via the car. Would it be better to take FL-80 to FL-20 and take the Mid Bay Bridge to US-98 just east of Destin? Or, would US-331 off of I-10 to US-98 just east of Topsail be a better option? Or, just suck it up and take US-98 out of Pensacola?


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We like to take exit 85 and go South on US 331 to US 98. Head West on US 98 for about 3 miles, turn left on Fl 393 (signs on US 98 will tell you when to turn).
If you go the Mid-Bay Bridge you will have quite a bit of traffic to contend with plus a pretty hefty toll to pay.
Topsail is one of the best state parks that we have stayed in all over the USA. Enjoy your stay.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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Thanks Indy. I've been leaning toward 331 and thanks for the endorsement. US-98 just seems like a typical tourist drive with nobody paying attention.

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For someone going to Topsail from I-10 west I consider the 331 route is excessively long. Personally I use the Niceville/Mid bay bridge route. I don't find the traffic that bad and the toll I consider nominal. It's the same route that I use when going to Henderson Beach in Destin. I'm in a 40' plus tow. My next trip down will be mid October. No reason to punish yourself by taking 98 from Pensacola. Either alternative is better. Enjoy the park.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:49 PM   #5
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Toll is not that bad, first two axles $2.50, each additional axle $2.50. Exit I-10 at Exit 56 and go on SR 85 south. SR 85 is four lane, 65 mph to SR 20 in Niceville, then urban four lane through Niceville to SR 293 and the Mid Bay Bridge. U.S. 331 is two lane all the way, and mostly rural and no services from DeFuniak Springs until you get to Freeport, then more of the same until you cross the bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay and then on to U.S. 98. There is currently construction on U.S. 331 south of the bridge.

Traffic is heavier taking the Mid Bay Bridge, but the road is better and there is food, fuel, and support services you won't find on U.S. 331.

DO NOT take U.S. 98 at Pensacola to Topsail Hill. There is nothing scenic about it unless you get on SR 399 (toll bridge) through Pensacola Beach and head east. Beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, but not really worth it unless it is the destination instead of part of the trip. You will have to rejoin U.S. 98 at Navarre Beach.

Staying on U.S. 98 can take up to three hours when the traffic is bad. Lots of traffic lights, congestion, and heavy residential, commercial, and military traffic.

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just back from topsail on the 28th, topsail rocks. best place. we used 331, not bad road but does seem kinda long and could be consider back roads by some. major road construction at intersection to 98 but no delays.

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