The Rivers & Beaches of Wakulla County

The Rivers & Beaches of Wakulla County

written by Visit Wakulla

 

Situated on the Gulf Coast is one of Florida’s best hidden treasures. The rivers and beaches of Wakulla County provide an abundance relaxing and adventurous activities, including boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, scalloping, and snorkeling. The pristine and natural water makes for one of the best destinations for any kind of vacation.

What Makes Wakulla a Must-See Location?

Escaping to beaches and waterways that are natural and fresh is the best way to cool off and relax over the summer. Far away from the thick city air, Wakulla County provides an easy environment for countless water activities in the heart of unspoiled and fresh nature. The area is devoted to maintaining a natural setting and its rivers, beaches, and springs attract people from all over Florida, as well as neighboring states.   

Among the many activities to enjoy, here are some of the top spots to see while you’re visiting:

  • Wakulla Beach: This small beach is located at the end of Wakulla Beach Road and is far from average. Wakulla Beach is part of the St. Marks National Refuge, which means this beautiful beach is surrounded by cabbage palms and salt marsh grass. It also features a gentle shoreline, which makes it a perfect location for launching small boats, canoes, or kayaks.
  • Ochlockonee River: Not only is the Ochlockonee River one of Wakulla County’s most popular treasures, it is also home to many threatened kinds of wildlife, including the wood stork, orange azalea, and the Atlantic sturgeon. Enjoy skiing, canoeing, or fishing for sea trout, redfish, or largemouth bass in the scenic and relaxing water.  
  • Wakulla Springs: One of the most popular locations in Wakulla is this amazing crystal clear springs. It also just happens to be the deepest and longest freshwater springs in the world. The 69 degree water is refreshing and rejuvenating, especially when during the hot summer months. Those with an adventurous bend will most likely enjoy a jump from the 22 foot dive/observation tower located at Wakulla Springs State Park. Those who aren’t quite so daring can relax in the shade of ancient cypress trees, which stand regally alongside the spring, or enjoy a pleasant swim in the cool water.
  • Shell Point Beach: This unique beach is located on the northern edge of Apalachee Bay and is accessed via Spring Creek Highway. Shell Point Beach is a dream come true for the nature lover. As you walk along this unspoiled beach, you will likely see dolphins and other coastal wildlife. You also won’t find a prettier sunset in all of Wakulla County that the ones seen from this beach. Finally, it is the perfect location for windsurfing, boating, sailing, kayaking, beachcombing, fishing, hiking, bicycling and much more.
  • Sopchoppy River: This natural blackwater river runs 47 miles and starts in the wetlands of the Apalachicola National Forest. From kayaking to canoeing, the upper part of this river is one of the best ways to experience the true richness of the natural wilderness of Florida. Winding through a canopy of trees, the calm breeze is an unbeatable and magical experience.   
  • Mashes Sands: Relax on a secluded beach in a simple park. Overlooking the mouth of the Ochlockonee River, Mashes Sands has tranquil shallow waters that are perfect for families and nature lovers. This paradise includes quiet tidal marsh pools, a fishing pier, and a boat ramp. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, nature photography, kayaking, boating, and fishing.

The natural environment of Wakulla County is something you need to experience for yourself. It has everything a nature lover could ever hope to find in a vacation destination. Its natural beaches and clear springs and rivers make it an ideal location to enjoy all kinds of activities, ranging from mild to downright daring. Find a preplanned trip itinerary or download the visitors guide to begin planning your trip today!