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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

 Activities at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Birding

Birding

Visitors are likely to spot seagulls, great blue herons and other types of birds that are native to the area.

Fishing

Fishing

Tucker’s Point offers a scenic view at the water’s edge where the St. Marks River joins the Wakulla River and flows out into Apalache Bay. The point is an excellent spot for fishing. Species commonly caught at this unique spot where fresh and salt water come together include redfish, speckled trout, sheepshead and even largemouth bass.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

A self-guided interpretive trail will take you on a journey past the historic ruins throughout the park.

Historic Site

Historic Site

The museum at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park houses displays, programs and artifacts to allow visitors to experience the past. Established as a state park in 1964, this site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 and is also a National Engineering Landmark and National Historic Landmark. The museum was built in the 1960s atop the foundation of the Civil War-era Marine Hospital, which was constructed from materials from the original Spanish fort. Please see the History section for more information.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

A video recounts the days of the Spanish, English, American and Confederate forces that once occupied this site. A self-guided interpretive trail is open to visitors. Guided tours are available with two week’s notice.

Museum

Museum

The museum at the park displays pottery and tools unearthed near the original fort. Interpretive displays explain the history of the San Marcos site.

Picnicking

Picnicking

A picnic area is available featuring picnic tables and barbecue grills.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Common wildlife seen at the park includes squirrels, turtles, manatees, otters, and sea turtles.