Activities and Events at Wildwood Resort * Kayaking Bicycling Nature Walks * Wakulla nature Preserves

Canoeing, kayaking, hiking, horsebackiding or birdwatching in Wakulla provides a great opportunity to see ospreys, eagles, woodstorks, ibises, herons, egrets, alligators, deer, bears, raccoons, and otters.

  • Hiking trails can be found at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge , Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail , Wakulla Springs State Park , Bradwell Bay National Wilderness Area, the Florida Trail, Ochlockonee River State Park , and some segments of the proposed Gopher, Frog & Alligator Rail Trail. Hiking the refuge is most pleasant during the fall, winter and early spring. Two primitive walking trails are at the St. Marks Unit (7 and 13 miles) and two on the Panacea Unit (5 and 9 miles). For a shorter walk, try either the trail behind the Visitor Center or the one by Headquarters Pond, near Mounds Trail on County Road 39. Both are less than half a mile. Maps are available at the Visitors Center. Plum Orchard Pond Trail is located directly behind the Visitor Center, this 1/3 mile trail has interpretive markers highlighting native plants and trees.
  • Canoe or Kayak the Sopchoppy River or the Wakulla River. Many of the paddling opportunities in Wakulla County are designated as part of the State of Florida 's systems of Greenways and Trails.  TNT Hideaway located on the Wakulla River has 3 Certified Green Guides who specialize in Eco Tours, American Heritage and History tours, kayak fishing and manatee observation trips .tnthideaway.com    The Wilderness Way thewildernessway.net   also has Kayak and Canoe Sales and Rental, Guided and Private Tours, Kayak Fishing Gear,Professional Certified Instruction, and Paddlesport Accessories.
  • Bicycling is popular at all these sites as well, but most especially along the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Camping is available in many areas of the Apalachicola National Forest . Ochlockonee State Park Facilities in the State Park provide canoeing, fishing, and picnic areas. The campground has separate family and youth camping areas available. There are nature trails open year round, and during the summer months ranger-guided walks and campfire programs are available. Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles south of Sopchoppy on U.S. 319. Apalachicola National Forest Silver Lake Campground is located near Tallahassee. This campground is open year round. The fee is $8 per day with a 14 day maximum stay. The sites have paved parking aprons.There are 25 camping sites with tables and grilles provided. Silver Lake is 23 acres and spring-fed. Boating is allowed, but only with electric motors.
  • Anglers can fish the fresh river waters for bass and bream. Coastal waters provide ample opportunities to catch tarpon, trout, redfish, scallops and many others in season.
  • Birdwatching is rewarding in Wakulla County. During the fall and spring migration periods, an accomplished birder can spot as many as 140 species in a day. The Panhandle section of the Great Florida Birding Trail provides numerous trails for year round birding. View trails at Panhandle Birding Trail.
  • Wildlife Viewing is outstanding. If you are lucky, you might even glimpse an elusive wild turkey in the flatwoods or an endangered West Indian Manatee in one of the rivers. Mashes Island State Park See shorebirds, migrating hawks and wood storks. Ochlocknee River State Park Great for bird watchers. You may also see a few Albino Squirrels.Otter Lake Recreation Area US 98 to Panacea, turn on Otter Lake Road . Picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, nature photography, wildlife viewing and restrooms. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Wakullla Springs State Park Habitiats for many species including alligators, turtles, herons, osprey, egrets, swallow-tail kites, migrating songbirds, migrating ducks and bald eagles. In the fall, migrating monarch butterflies.Two Rivers Bridge Ochlockonee River. April & May- flowering Tupelo trees buzzing with bees. Bird watching. The St. Marks Wildlife 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 and includes coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries of seven north Florida rivers. The Wakulla River and St. Marks River are great places to catch a glimpse of manatees in the summer months.

 

 

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