Wakulla River

The Wakulla River originates from Wakulla Springs, reported as the largest in Florida. The springs and first 3 miles of the Wakulla River are located in the State Park. The clear, cool waters of the Wakulla River flow from Wakulla Spring nine miles to the St. Marks and offer great kayaking, canoei See more details

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

  Welcome to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass See more details

St Marks Lighthouse

    Between 1828 and 1831, Congress appropriated $20,000 for building a lighthouse at St. Marks, Florida. The contract for the building was given to Winslow Lewis of Boston who built it for $11,765. Viewed from sea, it is easy to see why a lighthouse was needed here. With a low coast and many See more details

Wildlife Watching

The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is home to a great diversity of creatures. As you browse through its miles of unspoiled natural habitat you can see animals and birds that aren't to be found anywhere else. As you are slowly driving the blacktop road that winds through the park, you are trea See more details

Ochlockonee River State Park

  Welcome to Ochlockonee River State Park This jewel of a park is a great place to get away for a weekend or a weeklong vacation. Picnic facilities and a swimming area are located near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead rivers intersect. Ochlockonee, which means "yellow waters," is See more details

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory

  GULF SPECIMEN MARINE LABORATORY 222 CLARK DRIVE, PANACEA, FL  323406 PHONE: 850.984.5297   G.S.M.L. is a non-profit aquarium open to the public.  We offer a truly one of a kind experience because we feature not only sharks and sea turtles, but also the rarely seen invert See more details

San Marcos de Apalache

      Welcome to San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park The many different flags welcoming visitors to the park demonstrate the colorful history of this site, from the first Spanish explorers to the present day. The history of this National Landmark began in 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez See more details

Apalachicola National Forest

  The Apalachicola National Forest is comprised of 564,961 acres on gently rolling flat terrain, and is the largest National Forest in Florida. Located located southwest of Tallahassee, it was established in 1936 on land that was in poor condition due to bad timber and turpentine producing pract See more details

Wakulla Springs

The source of the Wakulla River is Wakulla Springs. Because of the karst topography, the eastern part of Wakulla is filled with freshwater springs, and circular groundwater fed ponds and sinkholes.  Early inhabitants dubbed the springs, "strange and mysterious waters," an accurate name because in See more details

St. Marks Trail

  Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail Florida's first designated state trail follows the abandoned railbed of the historic Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad. The trail runs almost due south from Tallahassee to the town of St. Marks, which is at the confluence of the St. Marks and See more details

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

 

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Welcome to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park. The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. A full-service dining room overlooks the spring; lodge meeting facilities offer an excellent place for retreats. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.

Contact the Florida Park Service Information Center for general inquiries.

For Information about Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, please call (850) 926-0700.

 

Hours of Operation

Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Driving Directions

Travel East on I-10 to Exit 196. Take State Road 263 (Capitol Circle) south 12 miles. Turn right (South) onto U.S. 319/State Road 61 (Crawfordville Highway) for two miles. Bear left onto State Road 61(Wakulla Springs Rd) for six miles. Turn left onto State Road 267 at flashing stop light. Turn right into Park entrance. From West I-10, use Exit 203. Take State Road 61 (Thomasville Road) south. Continue on State Road 61 through Tallahassee for 10 miles. Take U.S. 319/State Road 61 (Crawfordville Highway) south for two miles. Bear left onto State Road 61 (Wakulla Springs Road) for six miles. Turn left onto State Road 267 at flashing stop light. Turn right into the park.

 

Park Fees

Admission Fee:

$6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Overnight Lodging:

$95.00 - $105.00 per night.

Boat Tour Fees:

$8.00 per adult.

$5.00 per child, 12 and under.

 

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

550 Wakulla Park Drive

Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327

Phone: (850) 926-0700

Fax:

 

Citizen Support Organization

Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, Inc.

550 Wakulla Park Drive

Wakulla Springs, FL, 32327-0390