This unique refuge was established in 1931 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. It is one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. It encompasses 68,000 acres spread out between Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties along the Gulf Coast of northwest Florida. The refuge includes coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries of seven north Florida rivers and is home to a diverse community of plant and animal life. The refuge also has strong ties to a rich cultural past, and is home to the St. Marks Lighthouse, which was built in 1832 and is still in use today.
Canoeing, Fishing: Freshwater, Fishing: Saltwater, Guided Tours, Hunting, Motorized Boating, Primitive Camping, School Field Trips, Summer/Holiday Camps, Wildlife Viewing
Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Hiking Trails, Indoor Classroom, Meeting/Retreat Center, Outdoor Classroom, Paddling Trails, Pavilions, Restrooms, RV Hook-ups, Visitor Center
Saint Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge1255 Lighthouse Road
St. Marks, FL 32355
Saint Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge Website
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