Emerging from the mouth of the world’s largest freshwater spring, the Wakulla River is an Official Florida Canoe Trail and a part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. This 10-mile long paddling trail is an easy half-day journey through the river’s clear, cool waters (with slow currents making the upstream journey simple for those choosing not to shuttle), but offers an outstanding opportunity to witness the area’s diverse plant and animal life. Paddlers can choose between a three or six-mile paddling excursion, and the current is mild enough to paddle up and down the river for as long as desired.
Starting three miles downstream from the spring itself (Edward Ball Wakulla State Park is fenced off to boaters of all kinds), the Wakulla River is wide, nearly straight and lined with cypress trees. Overhead, cormorant, anhinga, osprey and other birds can be seen soaring and nesting in the towering trees. In the water, playful turtles and reclusive alligators are almost certain to be seen while manatee are also possbile when the water is warmer.
Featured Uses: Canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. Dogs are not permitted.
Access: From Tallahassee Take Hwy 363 (Woodville Hwy.) 18 miles south to State Rd. 98 (Coastal Hwy.) turn right follow to the west 2 miles. It is located on the left side before the bridge at the Wakulla River.
Amenities: Kayak, paddle boarding and canoe rentals are available at the City of St. Marks Wakulla River Park launch point. Restrooms, benches, water access and parking are also available.