Stoney Bayou Loop at St Marks Refuge

Saint Marks, Florida

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This hike circles a pool at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) created to enhance waterfowl habitat. Travel a section of the Florida Trail as it traces an elevated dike before picking up another berm from which views extend in all directions. See alligators among other creatures that call the refuge home. A short road walk takes you back to the trailhead. This hike is open to the elements—bring a sun hat, sunscreen, and bug dope in warmer weather. St. Marks NWR is one of the oldest refuges in the United States and is a huge natural asset for the Big Bend. Spread over 68,000 acres, the refuge protects not only waterfowl, songbirds, and land creatures but also native flora. Within its bounds are important saltwater estuaries where marine life has a chance to thrive.

Stoney Bayou Loop at St. Marks Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"This hike circles a pool at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) created to enhance waterfowl habitat. Travel a section of the Florida Trail as it traces an elevated dike before picking up another berm from which views extend in all directions. See alligators among other creatures that call the refuge home. A short road walk takes you back to the trailhead.

This hike is open to the elements—bring a sun hat, sunscreen, and bug dope in warmer weather. St. Marks NWR is one of the oldest refuges in the United States and is a huge natural asset for the Big Bend. Spread over 68,000 acres, the refuge protects not only waterfowl, songbirds, and land creatures but also native flora. Within its bounds are important saltwater estuaries where marine life has a chance to thrive."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Saint Marks
Distance: 3.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
Season: All year
Additional Use: Birding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS St. Marks
Driving Directions: Directions to Stoney Bayou Loop at St. Marks Refuge

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May 2018