Welcome to San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park
The many different flags flying over San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park welcome visitors to the park and demonstrate the colorful history of this site, from the Spanish explorers to the present day. The history of this National Landmark dates back to 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez arrived in the area with 300 men; however, the first fort was not built until 1679. Andrew Jackson occupied the fort for a brief time in the early 1800s.The museum at the park displays pottery and tools unearthed near the original fort. Interpretive displays explain the history of the San Marcos site. 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. A picnic area is available featuring picnic tables and barbecue grills. 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! The park is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.