This small beach located at the end of Wakulla Beach Road off Coastal Highway 98, is not your typical white sand beach. As a part of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge it is surrounded by salt marsh grasses and cabbage palms, it is a wonderful place to explore the gentle shoreline and surrounding area of Goose Creek Bay, so named because of the large numbers of geese that used to migrate through the area drawing hunters from near and far. Once a promising tourist destination, Wakulla Beach supported a small community and hotel used to entertain legislators from nearby Tallahassee, hunters, tourists, and soldiers during World War II. Remains of the hotel can still be seen. Wakulla Beach is a popular spot for local anglers and birdwatchers. It is a perfect place for putting in small boats, kayaks or canoes, and is a launch site for the Goose Creek Bay Paddling Trail, part of the Apalachee Bay Maritime Heritage Paddling Trail. There is an unimproved boat landing available for public use. No restroom facilities. The lovely shaded drive down Wakulla Beach Road takes you past an access point that leads to the Cathedral of Palms and Shepherd Springs on the Florida Hiking Trail. Wakulla Beach is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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