Your Guide to Hiking in Wakulla County

Your Guide to Hiking in Wakulla County

written by Visit Wakulla

 

Wakulla County is well-known as The Natural Place To Be, and there are few activities that are more natural than a simple hike in the wilderness. Whether you’re a seasoned backwoods hiker or a novice who just wants to take a walk down a path, Wakulla County has numerous trails on which you can scratch your outdoors adventure itch. All you need to get started is some water and essential hiking gear, and you can be on your way to exploring stunning scenery that isn’t accessible by car.

Florida National Scenic Trail

The Florida National Scenic Trail is one of the most treasured natural areas in the country, and it serves as a perfect microcosm for the ecological diversity that is one of Florida’s hallmarks. The trail runs approximately 1,400 miles in total length, 75 miles of which pass directly through Wakulla County.

In particular, the trail passes near the towns of Sopchoppy and St. Marks, as well as through a portion of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. This part of the Florida National Scenic Trail provides great opportunities for viewing a variety of different species of wildlife, including waterfowl and land animals. Because this trail transitions from heavily-wooded forest area to salt marshes along the coast, it’s important to bring adequate sun protection and insect repellent.

Apalachicola National Forest

Be sure to bring your binoculars and a birding book when you go for a hike through the Apalachicola National Forest, because this expansive protected area is home to some of the best wildlife viewing in Florida. This is also the largest forest in the state, so you will have plenty of hiking trails to choose from, ranging from easily-accessible short paths to extensive backpacking opportunities (including the famous Bradwell Bay Wilderness, located with Wakulla County). Hiking is permitted anywhere in the park, but be careful to follow proper safety guidelines, including informing someone of your backpacking plan and bringing fresh water.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Wakulla Springs State Park may not have the abundance of trails you’ll find in the National Forest, but the trails there are teeming with stunning views and opportunities to see diverse groups of flora and fauna. The springs upon which the park is built support an intricate ecosystem that makes for a truly unique hiking experience. There is a 9-mile nature trail that runs through the park, as well as additional trails that lead to Cherokee Sink and through primordial cave systems.

More more trails to explore

These three areas are just a few of the numerous locations in Wakulla County that are perfect for hiking. If you’re visiting to explore one of these beautiful natural landmarks, extend your stay in one of our many friendly and affordable accommodation options and head even deeper into the world of hiking in Wakulla County.