Hello and welcome to San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park. Now is a great time to visit this beautiful little park located where the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers come together in the small town of St. Marks. The park preserves the architectural remains and tells the story of soldiers and citizens that protected Florida since the Spanish Period through the Civil War. This tiny piece of...
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San Marcos - Birding
Visitors are likely to spot seagulls, anhingas, cormorants, ospreys, pelicans, great blue herons and other types of shore and wading birds that are native to the area.
San Marcos - 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 Apalachee 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 Florida black bass.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
San Marcos - Geo-Seeking
Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.
The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.
The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!
San Marcos - Hiking Nature Trail
A self-guided interpretive trail will take you on a journey past the historic ruins throughout the park. This self-guided walking tour is about .33 miles in total length.
San Marcos - 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.
San Marcos - Interpretive Exhibit
An 18 minute 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.
San Marcos - 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.
San Marcos - Picnicking
A picnic area is available featuring picnic tables and barbecue grills.
San Marcos - Tours
San Marcos de Apalache offers a one hour Ranger guided interpretive tour with a two week notice. We can accomodate groups up to 50 people. If your group contains more than 50, or you cannot give us a two week notice, please call the office at (850) 922-6007. We do make every reasonable effort to accomodate all tour groups when the situation allows.
There is also a self guided grounds tour. There are tour guides available in brochure boxes by the front entrance gate, inside the museum, near the cistern on the Wakulla river side of the museum.
San Marcos - Wildlife Viewing
Common wildlife seen at the park includes squirrels, turtles, manatees, otters, and sea turtles.