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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

1200 Lighthouse Road, Tallahassee, FL 32355
850-925-6121
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Ranked #2 of 42 Attractions in Tallahassee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trails, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Running
Description: The trail-runner's dream.
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New york
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229 reviews 229 reviews
86 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I did not have high expectation but I was pleasanty surprised to find this special just about 30-40 minutes south of Tallahassee. Our first stop was at the visitor center. The admission fee was $5 per vehicle, very reasonable. After we were offered some information. There was a 0.3 mile loop behind the center; the loop was alongside a small... More

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Viewing the gulf from this perspective was enjoyable. We imagined how the people lived here and thought it must have been interesting at best.

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Columbus, Georgia
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204 reviews 204 reviews
86 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

If you've never been to a national wildlife refuge, this is a good place to start. First, the staff at the welcome center is highly professional and friendly, more than happy to answer all of your questions to ensure that you enjoy your visit. (Thanks Ranger Robin!) Then, give yourself plenty of time. You'll enjoy your drive through the park,... More

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Crestview, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is one of my favorite places to visit when I am in the area. It's peaceful and has a variety of trails you can go on. In addition, there are beautiful vistas of the open water. Unfortunately, the lighthouse isn't open to tourists on a regular basis; however, you can get some great pictures of the outside of it... More

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Miami, FL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The drive to St. Mark's from Tallahassee is already special. The Florida shore unobstructed by hotels and attractions but welcoming the shorebirds, the marsh plants, the gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico…it calls to me years since my last visit.

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Miami, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is a nice place to walk around, and explore. Bring sunblock! If you go all the way to the coast there is a little strip of sand where you can leave your belongings and wade out into the shallow water. Beware- there are lots of crabs!

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Tallahassee, Florida
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28 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Though it's stretching it a bit to call the Saint Marks Wildlife Refuge a "Tallahassee" attraction, one visit will show a visitor why it's ranked so high. It actually takes about 30 minutes to get to the refuge from the State Capitol building in downtown Tallahassee and it's not even located in the same county as Tallahassee. It probably would... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

St. Marks is an absolutely beautiful refuge, where you can really tailor your trip to fit your interests and athletic level. They have beautiful coastal hiking trails, and longer trails through the preserve that are several miles long. Although I have never biked the area, I imagine you can see much more than on a typical walking visit. Alligators, birds,... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is one of north Florida's best kept secrets. The refuge is an example of wild Florida, with marshes, pine forests and natural wetlands. On a drive down the road to the lighthouse you might see numerous alligators. On a good day you might even catch a glimpse of an otter, wild boar or even the... More

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Austin, Texas
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22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Very hot when we visited, glad we took some water for walking around. Neat old lighthouse (locked) - neat small visitor's center. Lots and lots of teeny tiny fiddler crabs along one of the pathways. Had fun. Only did short walks, there are longer trails.

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