St. Marks River

The St. Marks River originates in cypress swamps 35 miles to the north and once it reappears from its short half mile underground journey at the geological formation of Natural Bridge, it too becomes fed by a first magnitude spring. The pristine river passes over a stretch of rocks forming rapids especially visible when water levels are low. The St. Marks River is classified as an Outstanding Florida Water and overflows with a wealth of wildlife – birds of prey, wading birds, alligators, turtles, manatees, otters, mullet, bass and bream. The river laden with rich history flows past several historic sites including the Fort San Marcos de Apalache and the waterfront community of St. Marks, possibly the oldest existing river town in North America.

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