Driving Directions: From the Refuge, return to US 98 (3.4 miles) and turn left (west), crossing the St. Marks River, turn right at the first intersection onto Bloxham Cutoff (SR 267) and continue for 9.4 miles to the entrance of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge.
Distance and driving time between this and previous stop: 12.8 miles / 14 minutes.
Minimum time: One hour 10 minutes.
Description: Wakulla Springs is internationally known as one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world and the park is host to an abundance of wildlife, including White-Tailed Deer, Alligators, Suwannee River Cooters, Manatees, Wood Ducks, Anhinga, Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, other birds, and snakes. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park.
Daily guided riverboat tours provide a close encounter with wildlife and glass-bottom boat tours are offered when the water is exceptionally clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months but the water temperature remains a constant 69 degrees year-round.
The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.