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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 41 attractions in Tallahassee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trails, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Running
Description: The trail-runner's dream.
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Tallahassee, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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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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103 reviews 103 reviews
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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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

St Marks NWR has at least 4 distinct environments We've been there many times for exceptional bird watching. I am handicapped so accessibility is paramount. This is one of the best NWR's for bird watching right out of the car. A stop at the HQ's is a must to look at the book of recent wildlife spots. This will clue... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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130 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

great place to take pictures down by the gulf. a lot of mosquitos in the summer time, and watch for gators in the waterways walking around.

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Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Everything. The marshes were blooming water lilies through out the park. We were there on a Monday so it was very quite and serene. Such a beautiful area. If you are a bird watcher this is the place for you. The ladies at the gift shop were great and very knowledgeable about the area.

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tinton falls, nj
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56 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

it was very hot when we visited ( so keeping that in mind, ) there is nothing much to do there. you just go with family and a picnic basket and spend a evening or day or till the mosquitoes/insects bother you. you can catch a crab with your hands at the lighthouse. there are a lot of them running... More

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Texas
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136 reviews 136 reviews
33 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It isn't crowded here and there are lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing. The lighthouse levee nature walk is short and we saw alligators in the water to the right. There are lots of birds as well. We saw four baby gators run into the water as we got out of the car to see one of the lily-filled ponds.... More

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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Very beautiful! Worth the trip! The lighthouse was not open due to refurbishing but the area is beautiful. Be sure to wear your walking shoes!

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