Mashes Island County Park
Explore a unique coastal marsh belt ecosystem where marsh grass gives way to a coastal beach. Located at the intersection of Coastal Highway 98 and the Ochlocknee Bay Bridge (at the end of Mashes Sands Road), Mashes Sands is home to bizarre landscapes: lots of savanna, tidal creeks and wide open sky. It is remote and secluded, and always great for bird-watching.
It’s also a perfect area for families with kids as there are always low water levels, and is a great spot for kite flying on windy days. The grass gives way to a small secluded beach which is ideal for sunbathing. The tidal marsh pools are absolutely incredible and invite your exploration. Picnic tables are available for public use; facilities are limited to port-a-lets. Mashes Sands also includes a pier and a boat ramp, which is open to the public.
Annual Pass for Mashes Sands Pier – $35.00
Daily Pass for Mashes Sands Pier – $2.00
Please call Wakulla County Parks and Recreation (WCPRD) for more information at 850-926-7227.
Shell Point Beach
Shell Point Beach is the sailing spot of choice for members of the Shell Point Sailboard Club (SPSC) and the Shell Point Yacht Club, and offers some of the most beautiful sunsets in Wakulla County. Shell Point is about 45 minutes south of Tallahassee, Florida, and is located on the northern edge of Apalachee Bay. Although the beach was previously under private ownership, members of the SPSC and local activists of Wakulla County petitioned the State of Florida for grant money to purchase the beach, fearing loss of access due to condominium development. Grant monies were awarded to Wakulla County in December, 1995, and Shell Point Beach is now managed by the Wakulla County Parks and Recreation Department.
Beach facilities include restrooms and an outdoor shower, which were added in 2007. There is also a large covered pavilion and several smaller gazebos with picnic tables for public use, as well as benches for relaxing by the shore. Playground equipment is available for small children, and a beach volleyball court is also available. Sidewalks are plentiful for bike riding or strolling along the beach. In addition, Shell Point Beach has been designated as a Golf Cart Community.
The SPSC provides water, drying racks, and sailing camaraderie to its members and visiting sailors. A resort is in the process of being built immediately adjacent to the park. When completed, it will boast a restaurant, luxury motel, full-service marina, and ship store.
Wakulla Beach is located on the northern shore of Goose Creek Bay, and is truly a scene out of old Florida, with its salt marsh grasses, cabbage palms, and gentle coastline. It’s the perfect place for putting in a kayak or canoe, fishing along the shore, or exploring the seagrass beds. There is an unimproved boat landing available for public use. There are no restroom facilities.
Henry Walker Sr. developed the Wakulla Beach community, and three hotels were built there beginning in 1915, with one hotel ruin still visible.. Wakulla Beach is said to have been Florida’s first subdivision, although it never attracted residents in any number.
Wakulla Beach is located at the end of Wakulla Beach Road, which is accessible from Coastal Highway 98.