Whether you're looking for a great day hike or a rugged week of backpacking, you'll find the St. Marks section of the Florida National Scenic Trail fits the bill perfectly. It's a wild place, full of wildlife and history – and of course, the hiking is terrific.
All told, the section of the Florida Trail that passes through the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge stretches about 50 miles in length, and backpackers can gain the special treat of camping on refuge property with a permit. After periods of heavy rain, you can encounter some water on the trail (hikers in Florida are pretty used to this) but otherwise the trail is usually dry.
The hike is 6.3 miles, starting at Shell Point Road and ending at Wakulla Beach Road.
Arrive in October and you can also enjoy the Monarch Butterfly Festival or the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival. Then, set out on the Florida National Scenic Trail for a few days! Whatever way you choose to explore the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, you won't be disappointed. Have a blast!
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