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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 84 things to do in Tallahassee Features Animals
1255 Lighthouse Road, Tallahassee, FL 32355
+1 850-925-6121
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Really pretty area

I have gone there so many times. I love biking down the St. Marks trail the most of all. A very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mark B
Fairfax, Virginia
Visiting Tallahassee looking for something to do!

A great thing to take in a working light house. Dikes with tons of alligators wildlife birds... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tallahassee, Florida
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The trail-runner's dream.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
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“bird watching” (26 reviews)
“water birds” (9 reviews)
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1255 Lighthouse Road, Tallahassee, FL 32355
+1 850-925-6121
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have gone there so many times. I love biking down the St. Marks trail the most of all. A very flat train track turned to bike path. There is a bike rental center at the furthest northern side of the trail. After a 16...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great thing to take in a working light house. Dikes with tons of alligators wildlife birds. After a day of outdoor events stop at local restaurants for great seafood. Your close to Spring Creek restaurant so stop there for great seafood !

Thank jackslack4
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having never been to the Forgotten Coast this was a good intro to it. Went swimming in the gulf, the facilities are more than adequate and clean. No problems with parking.

Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place for the whole family. Place for fishing, have trails to walk, you can do picnic,or seat on the sand and have a view of the ocean. You also can see the seagulls and the crabs.

Thank mlsaac
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you for protecting such a beautiful location that is so important for our native wildlife. Loved the observation tower, wish the lighthouse and keepers quarters were open for visiting. Saw LOTS of birds, and gators as well! Thank you for preserving this treasure, keep...More

Thank B H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Few birds seen, but weather was hot. Did get a lifer at restroom area. Volunteer at lighthouse will talk your ear off if allowed.

Thank Bernard G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visit in early October for the magnificent Monarch butterflies...take your lunch and enjoy the cool air!

Thank Harriet R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St. Marks has the classrooms and activities for kids to study nature. Bird watching, nature photography, hiking, biking and fishing. Boat ramps are available with ample parking.

Thank ju4052
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a long walk, best for biking. Several foot paths. Lots of bird watching. Snakes, gators, wildlife. Just sit and relax. Visit the lighthouse at the end.

Thank A9316UQrobertar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a breath taking place...All the wildlife and the serenity will make you think you're abroad in land of the wild...Bring drinks and food for there is no place to eat nor grab a bottle of water...

Thank GMontanez
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Glenn H
I am not able to hike very far due age and arthritis, are there any drive thru trails?
11 September 2016|
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Response from M A | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so but a ride from the entrance down to the light house is scenic with a number of places to stop and there are a few viewing platforms on the side of the road.
Are dogs allowed to be on the trails?
30 August 2016|
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Response from lizaus2016 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed so long as they are on a leash. But as others have noted, the waters are filled with alligators -- many quite large. Last year, an alligator came out of the water and grabbed a poor small dog whose leash... More
Edward G
Can I park a 35" RV that allows me to take a disabled person to the Refuge? It has a lift that allows me to get the person out using a wheelchair. If so, where can I park.
22 October 2015|
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Response from Mahshidl | Reviewed this property |
Of course you can there is a ramp at the park and you can bring your 35 ft. RV and enjoy your adventure. You can also go towards the lighthouse and highly recommend you to bring your boat if you have one!!!! Enjoy the... More