If you are a wildlife enthusiast, or you just like some great beach scenery, this is the spot for you!

There are multiple out-and-back and loop hikes in this wildlife refuge, but the main attraction is the lighthouse along the Gulf Coast. Right next to the lighthouse is a pond where you are guaranteed to see several alligators. If you hike to the end of the levy across from the lighthouse you can catch an amazing sunset and the occasional dolphin sighting.

A great place to take your family to show them the wildlife or maybe a place to take that special someone for a relaxing sunset view.

Pack List

  • $5 for a parking permit
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
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RT Distance 0.4 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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A Pleasant Day With Wildlife

St Marks Wildlife Refuge is a nice day trip from Tallahassee. You can ride or walk along the levees park out by the lighthouse or take advantage of the boat ramps. Frankly, it’s just too hot out there in the summertime. However, the monarch butterfly migration in the autumn is spectacular. One nice thing about the refuge is that you are almost always guaranteed to large alligators and a wide variety of wading birds. If you get lucky, you might even spot some of the larger mammals in the park, like deer and wild hogs. Armadillos are also plentiful in the area. Don’t miss the headquarters pond if you are bird watching. I’ve seen everything from cormorants, and ducks to rare visitors like wood storks and spoonbills. The downside of the refuge are the crowds and drivers who aren’t watching traffic. If you are on and off the levees with a bike or riding a touring bike on pavement, it’s important to watch who has their eyes on the road and who’s looking for wildlife without pulling off.

Looks awesome

It's so close to me. Need to make some time and make it out there. Possibly get some drone footage.

Amazing Area St Marks Lighthouse

Loved the ease of getting here. The beauty of the swamp land is breathtaking. Salt/fresh water marshes, abundance of wildlife, and well traveled trails. This area hits it all. You can take amazing pictures and exercise all at the same time. Area is in full sun in a lot of areas but there is a nice wind most of the time


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