St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Description:
There are a variety of habitats, including extensive salt marshes, hardwood swamps, pine flatwoods, and pine/oak uplands bordering Apalachee Bay. Diked impoundments attract many species of wintering waterfowl. There are numerous trails for hiking, bicycling, and birdwatching.

Watchable wildlife:
Bald eagles, ospreys, and belted kingfishers are often seen on exposed snags. On the beach and pilings near the lighthouse, look for a variety of shorebirds, gulls, and terns. American alligators are common, and on walks in the early morning and near sunset, you might see bobcat, river otter, and white-tailed deer. Butterflies migrate through the refuge in September and October.

Ownership:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Contact:
(850) 925-6121

Directions:
Take Florida Highway 363 south from Tallahassee to Wakulla.  Turn left onto Florida 267 and drive 3.5 miles to U.S. Highway 98.  Take a left and drive 0.5 mile, then turn south on County Road 59 to refuge entrance.

Related Sites:
Other North West Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
The number of Florida residents who participate in wildlife viewing around their homes (3.3 million) would rank them as the 22nd largest state in the nation.

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