Hiking the Florida Panhandle


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Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge

St Marks Wildlife Refuge is located on the coast south of Tallahassee from Ochlockonee Bay to the Aucilla River. The main entrance is on SR 59 just east of Newport on US 98.

The Refuge is divided into four units: St Marks, Wakulla, Panacea and Aucilla. The Florida National Scenic Trail passes through all four units, though only a small portion is in the Panacea unit. There are a few shorter trails in the Wakulla unit, and several in the St Marks unit. I don't know of any in the Panacea or Aucilla units. (Click here for a map of the area.) So far, my hiking in the Refuge has been confined to the St Marks unit. As I explore other areas of the Refuge, I will post more links and pics.

The St Marks unit is on the main entrance. The Wakulla unit can be accessed via Wakulla Beach Rd, a forest road on the south side of US 98 west of the Wakulla River bridge.

The Refuge was originally established as a refuge for migratory birds and waterfowl.

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