Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge
|Description: Wakulla Springs is one of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs. From deep within North Florida’s limestone interior, cold, clean water gushes forth to form the Wakulla River. The river runs through old-growth cypress swamp with abundant bird and reptile life in the water and along the shore. Nature trails in the upland portion of the park traverse flood plain and hardwood forests. Ranger-led boat tours provide views of the river; glass-bottom boats allow visitors to see large schools of fish in the spring. A popular swimming and snorkeling area.|
Wildlife to Watch: This site offers excellent wildlife viewing at close range. On the River cruise, look for anhingas, double-crested cormorants, common moorhens, purple gallinules, great blue, little blue, and green-backed herons, great and snowy egrets, white ibis, and limpkins. In winter, wood ducks, American wigeons, greater and lesser scaup, and American coot are common. Snakes, turtles, and American alligators of all sizes are regularly seen basking on the riverbank and other exposed vegetation. White-tailed deer and wild turkey are seen occasionally on shore. Bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, ospreys, and black and turkey vultures soar overhead. Watch for Mississippi and swallow-tailed kites in spring and summer.
Special Tips: Restaurant on site.
Ownership: Department of Environmental Protection
Size: 2680 acres
Closest Town: Tallahassee
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