The campground is buried deep in this very large state park. A bonus is a private beach for campers, since the public beach is overcrowded and not to our liking. You can not reserve a specific site, only the type of hook-up, and the sites run the full spectrum from nice to crowded and uncomfortable. It can get loud at night; I have never seen security. The sites are not paved, nor are all of the roads, which makes it difficult for the children to ride their bikes. We use this campground when we want to go camping but need to stay in-town. They were to begin a massive renovation last summer, but as of the end of the year, it had still not begun.
This was our first time at Topsail, and we will return again. The sites are paved with a paved patio. There are trees around each site, providing shade and privacy. The tram service to the beach is an excellent amenity; they even allow you to put a full beach cart on the tram. The pool is very small, but we had no use for it. The beach is pristine. The rangers and volunteers definitely have the personalities to make everyone happy. The children (13, 8 and 5) were able to ride their bikes everywhere, since every road is paved. WiFi would have been nice and the fish weren't biting, but that's the end of my complaints. We have always stayed down the road directly on the Gulf, but never again!