EARLY MORNING: Checking in early into your campsite is the best way to get the most out of your stay. Little Talbot offers 36 campsites, each one has 20 and 30 amp electricity, fresh water, fire ring and picnic table. Some are waterfront, others immersed in the vegetation of the area, so get there with plenty of time to pick your favorite spot!
The hours between breakfast and lunch are prime time to set up and explore the area. There’s a small trail (only three-quarters of a mile) near campsite 39 that will take you around the campground to meet your neighbors. Part of the trail will take you along Myrtle Creek, where you may see gopher tortoises or marsh rabbits. Check out the fire pit close to campsite 16 (and be sure you don’t forget your s’mores stuff). Then, make an easy lunch. PB and J’s are a classic.
AFTER LUNCH: It’s time to hike the four-mile Dune Ridge Trail. This trail will take you across tall dunes covered in pine needles and leaves. The valleys drop off next to the trail, covered in immensely tall pines and moss-covered live oaks. Then, the trail will open up into two miles of pristine beach (unfortunately, furry friends aren’t allowed here). Here, there is an opportunity to see shorebirds that call Little Talbot their home, Wilson’s Plovers skitter along the beach. Black Skimmers fly overhead. Royal Terns dot the dunes. The cool ocean water laps at your feet. Preservation at its finest. Stay here for a while and enjoy the breeze. When you reach the end of the beach, you’ll walk over a short boardwalk to continue following the trail. It’s back into the dune riddled forest to return to the trailhead.
NIGHT TIME: After dinner, it’s time for a visit to the fire pit to roast some s’mores and tell ghost stories. Play card games or dominoes if you’re a scaredy-cat. Enjoy the sound of crickets chirping in the background.