At the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla Rivers, San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park is a significant archaeological site as the location of the first coastal fortress in Northwest Florida. There are faint tracings of the original wooden stockade fort completed by the Spanish in 1679 as well as the remains of the masonry structure occupied up through the Civil War. Visit the small museum before walking the interpretive trail along the rivers.
Location: St. Marks
Length: 0.6 mile
Lat-Long: 30.152600, -84.210300
Type: loop and spur
Fees / Permits: $2 for museum, free to walk the trail
Bug factor: moderate
Tour the museum before beginning your walk for a better understanding of the history of this site. The park is open Thu-Mon, 9-5.
From US 98, follow Port Leon Road south through St. Marks to its end.
An interpretive walk through this significant historical site, the 0.6-mile trail (with markers keyed to a brochure you can obtain inside the museum) leads you through layers of ruins of various fortresses that once stood on this spot. Completed by the Spanish in 1679, the original wooden stockade fort was destroyed by a hurricane which drowned the garrison. Walk the side trail down to its location at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers for an excellent view of the estuary, framed by gnarled cedars.