Say Cheese: Most Instagram-Worthy Photo Spots in Wakulla

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Local Spots, Things to Do, Wildlife and Nature

Want to get away from the world and still have plenty of gorgeous pictures to show off when you come back? In Wakulla County, you can get a shot of the beauties of nature. Go home with a camera roll full of Wakulla wonders and share them with us! You can tag us with #VisitWakulla and follow us at @Visitwakulla to see more amazing memories and mementos.

As you’re planning your stay, check out our list of Wakulla’s most photogenic spots.

1. Shell Point Beach
117 Beaty Taff Drive, Shell Point, FL 32325

Shell Point Beach Park offers public access to the always-natural Shell Point Beach. There are several parking spots and a pavilion marketing its entrance.

Suggested snap: Catch a sunrise or sunset on the beach.

2. Cherokee Sink
Cherokee Sink, Crawfordville, FL 32327

Take an easy 30-45 minute hike into the Sink to enjoy the crystal clear waters. This spot (located within Wakulla Springs State Park) is also a great location for freshwater divers as well. To access the trailhead – look for a split rail fence with a sign that says “Nature Trail,” continue down the road to the parking area.

Suggested snap: Visit on a blue-sky day to capture the water in its brightest form.


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3. St. Marks Lighthouse
1255 Lighthouse Rd. St. Marks, FL 32355 (follow directional signage to the lighthouse)

As an iconic landmark of Wakulla County, we would be remiss if we didn’t include the St. Marks Lighthouse in this round-up. The Lighthouse is inside the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, which costs $5/car to enter. While at the Refuge, keep an eye out for vibrant birds. From Flamingoes to Roseate Spoonbills, they call the area home.

Suggested snap: Visit toward the end of the day to capture the lighthouse at dusk.


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4. Gulf Specimen Aquarium
222 Clark Dr, Panacea, FL 32346

Step outside your shell with this hands-on approach to learning. The Gulf Specimen Aquarium and Lab allows patrons to explore touch tanks full of hermit crabs, starfish, and the imposing horseshoe crab. Not to mention the sharks and rays in the no-touch tanks. Plan to spend a couple of hours here to get the whole experience.

Suggested snap: Get hands-on with a horseshoe crab to impress your following.


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5. Sopchoppy Depot & History Center
34 Railroad Ave, Sopchoppy, FL 32358

In addition to being the only Depot still standing in Florida, the Sopchoppy Depot is figuratively and literally a museum of the town’s history and beauty. Visit the Depot Park across the street for some natural history in the garden’s landscape of gorgeous native plants and flowers.

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6. Mashes Sands Beach
901 Mashes Sands Road, Panacea, FL 32346

A primary draw of visitors to Wakulla County, fishing is a must-do. Mashes Sands Beach is a scenic and secluded home to wildlife and a perfect fishing spot. Whether you’re in the marshes or open water, document your catch right from the boat.

Suggested snap: Capture that catch gunnel-side. Is there any other way?!

7. Wakulla Springs Lodge
550 Wakulla Park Dr, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Located steps from the famous cold-water Wakulla Springs, the Lodge is a historic castle-inspired hotel.

Suggested snap: Go wide! Grab a wide-angle shot that showcases the intricate ceiling in the Lodge lobby.

8. Apalachicola National Forest
FL-12, Sopchoppy, FL 32358

Float down the Ochlockonee River covered by the branches of hundred-year-oaks and grounded by the intricate root systems of cypress trees. Some boat ramps require a nominal fee of $5-$10 to use so come prepared.

Suggested snap: Float into the creeks that feed into the Ochlocknee to capture a photo like the one below.

9. Wakulla River
465 Wakulla Park Dr, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Another reason to visit the Springs is to hop on the Wakulla River – a hot spot for the local manatee population. March through September are the best times to spot sea cows in local waters.

Suggested snap: Bring a camera you can put underwater to capture manatees in their natural habitats.


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Want to have bragging rights for the next few months? Come see these spots for yourself! We promise these spots are even better in person.

We might even ask to borrow your picture for our social media and web page to share with our friends too! Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #VisitWakulla and follow us at @Visitwakulla.