Go Birdwatching in St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

Just down the road from Apalachicola is the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. This 80,000-acre wildlife refuge is one of the oldest in the country. It is also home to over 250 species of birds.

Go Birdwatching in St. Marks Wildlife Refuge
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The visitor’s center has informational exhibits about local flora and fauna, and it’s also the starting point of the Plum Orchard Pond Trail. This short walk won’t take you more than 30-minute. You will encounter a variety of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, snakes, owls, and eagles! 

You also should plan to visit the St. Marks Lighthouse. It is the second oldest lighthouse in Florida and is open for guided tours on Tuesdays from 11 am-2 pm and the first weekend of the month from 10 am-4 pm. The lighthouse is just a 20-minute drive from the visitors center. However, you’ll want to drive carefully and keep an eye out for turtles and alligators crossing the road!