The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Well known as an oasis of natural Florida habitats for wildlife, especially birds. Natural salt marshes, hardwood swamps, extensive pine forests and freshwater pools provide a haven for wildlife and people. Fishing, hiking, bird watching, wildlife observation and viewing the historic St. Marks lighthouse draw visitors from around the world. The refuge visitor center has exhibits, a gift shop and restrooms and is a great place to start your visit. Of special interest is the fall migration of the monarch butterflies and the winter migration of the whooping cranes.



Backpacking, Bicycling, Birding, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, Natural Wildlife Viewing


Baby-changing station, Boat Dock, Boat Ramp, Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Parking, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Pier, Restrooms, Tables, Water Access

Average Visit Time

2 - 3 hours

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant, ADA Picnic Tables, Handicapped Parking, Ramps

Fishing Type

Back Bay Fishing, Freshwater Fishing, Near Shore Fishing, Saltwater Fishing

Guest Information

Family Friendly

Hours of Operation

Dates closed: Federal Holidays, Hours: Daylight hours, Open Year-Round