Weekend Getaways

Mysteries of Strange Waters: Wakulla Springs State Park to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge - Wakulla FL Scenic Drive

Preview: This 20-mile drive begins at one of the largest springs in the world, continues through pine forest to nearby St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, then follows the refuge’s 7-mile wildlife drive past pools of feeding birds on stilt-like legs to the historic St. Marks Lighthouse. This 20-mile drive begins in a hardwood forest that parts to reveal the Wakulla Springs State Park Lodge, located at the edge of a clear, 72-degree spring basin, with the mighty Wakulla Springs below. The drive continues through pinewoods to the coastal St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, a prime habitat for alligators, fishing birds, and other wildlife. The journey ends in a coastal fishing area dominated by a working lighthouse. Special features: Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge, guided boat tours, swimming and snorkeling, nature trails and park events, Wakulla River and Canoe Trail, Tallahassee–St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and visitor center, Florida National Scenic Trail, St. Marks Lighthouse, observation tower, refuge events, excellent birding, alligator sighting, hiking, and fishing. This chapter is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.


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