5.3 miles. Plunging into coastal swamps at the Cathedral of Palms, this popular hike along the Florida Trail centers on Shepherd Spring, a natural treasure within St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
Florida Trail, St. Marks West
27.9 miles. The Florida Trail on the western side of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge offers a more wild and swampy experience along its protected Big Bend coastline.
However, to first bridge the gap between the St. Marks and Wakulla Rivers, the Florida Trail jumps on two paved bike paths before re-entering the refuge. Access to the trail is easier on this side of the refuge, with four designated trailheads and numerous road access points along the route.