Location: St. Marks
Length: 1 mile
Lat-Long: 30.087983, -84.164433
Fees / Permits: $5 cars and motorcycles, $1 bicycles and pedestrians. $15 annual pass
Bug factor: Low to moderate
Restroom: at the Visitor Center
Mounds Pool is one of several excellent hikes within St. Marks NWR. To find the trailhead, head south from US 98 at Newport into the refuge on Lighthouse Rd. The trailhead is 6 miles south of the visitor center on the left.
The trail loops around several impoundments known as Mounds Pool and Tower Pond, offering a shady walk along the rim of one pool and sunny, breezy walks out along the salt marshes. Climbing a hill past the fire tower, it drops down through coastal pine flatwoods to take you to an observation deck over a tidal marsh. The trail loops back around along the salt marshes.