Official Site: floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings/
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park hosts one of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs. The springs form the headwaters of the Wakulla River. The river runs through old-growth cypress swamp with abundant wildlife. Nature trails in the upland portion of the park traverse over 6,000 acres of park lands. Here is the perfect place to study and photograph purple gallinule, anhinga, osprey and over 180 other species of birds. Waterfowl and warblers traveling the Atlantic flyway are numerous during the winter months.
Guided river boat tours are offered daily to provide a view of how unspoiled, natural Florida may have appeared. Alligators and turtles bask in the sun at arms length, while birds feed on the native vegetation. Glass-bottom boat tours offer the visitor a unique opportunity to observe the underwater habitat.
Wakulla Springs Lodge, built in 1937, is a vision of quiet elegance, placed gently on the banks of Wakulla Springs. While many improvements have been made to this historic structure for the purpose of safety, its structural integrity remains the same today as it did seventy years ago.
The Wakulla River, originating at Wakulla Springs flows south for about ten miles before it joins the St. Mark’s River. The crystal clear waters of the Wakulla River make it a popular place for canoeing and kayaking.
Picnic areas including tables and grills are provided within the park. Nature trails provide convenient access to the many plant communities found in the park. A six-mile hiking trail is provided through the use of park service roads. Swimming is allowed only within the designated swimming area near the spring. An observation and diving platform at the spring head allows a splendid view of the spring. A variety of educational and interpretive ranger-led programs are offered throughout the year.
Please contact the park office at 850-224-5950 or visit the official park website for more information floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings/.
Admission to the park is $4.00 per vehicle. Boat rides cost $6.00 for adults. $4.00 for children.
Prices are subject to change.