Wakulla Springs Lodge & State Park
Wakulla Springs State Park is a 6,000-acre wildlife sanctuary quietly hidden in Spanish moss-draped Florida woodlands, 30 minutes south of Tallahassee. The heart of the park is the world famous Wakulla Springs. Cool water flows from the majestic springs to create the Wakulla River, one of the last pristine rivers in Florida.
One of Wakulla Springs’ main attractions is the boat tours that operate 365 days a year, depending on the weather. The three-mile River Tour is a forty-minute cruise on the river to see alligators, native birds, turtles and other wildlife up close. When water conditions permit, glass bottom boats drift over the bowl of the Wakulla Spring, one of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs. It is a haven for local youths who love the exhilarating rush of a leap from the dive tower to swim in the 70-degree Fahrenheit water.
The nature trail begins at the southwest edge of the Lodge parking lot. The trail allows visitors to discover a different aspect of the Wakulla Springs forest ecosystem. The portion of the trail on the north side of the river is multi-use as designated by the trail signs.
The Wakulla Springs Lodge is a 1937 vision of quiet elegance, providing a retreat from the modern world. Twenty-seven guest rooms are furnished with period furniture and private bathrooms. The dining room overlooking the spring provides elegantly prepared food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Gift items and light lunch are offered at the snack bar with one of the world’s longest marble counters. The lodge lobby with its intricately painted 10-foot ceiling is a place to relax. Its period furnishings include a grand piano, marble checker tables, a massive fireplace, the lodge’s only television and legendary “Old Joe,” an 11-foot 2-inch stuffed alligator. For reservations and information about the hotel, restaurant and gift shop, please call (850) 421-2000 or visit www.wakullaspringslodge.org.
A Word About Alligators – The Wakulla River is home to a remarkable variety of wildlife, including alligators. These animals reside in an area protected from human intrusion and may be dangerous. Swim in the designated area only.
Directions: East on US Highway 98 (10.2 mi-12 min), keep left onto US-319/SR-377 and pass through Sopchoppy, at dead-end turn left back onto US Highway 98, pass Best Western in 2.1 miles, turn left onto Spring Creek Hwy/CR-365, 4.1 mi to turn right onto Shadeville Rd/CR-61, keep left to stay on Wakulla Springs Rd/CR-61. The last intersection is Wakulla-Arran Rd, if you reach Wakulla Springs Cutoff, you've gone too far. About 40.9 miles and 58 min. from the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce.
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(This information and brochure created by Florida State Parks 02/14)