Wakulla State Forest Hike

Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327

Wakulla State Forest Hike

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"This hike explores one of the newer trail destinations in the Tallahassee area. Take the Nemours Trail to reach an area of habitat restoration. A side trip leads to Double Springs, a clear vent of water with an adjacent picnic area. Backtrack to the Nemours Hiking Trail and complete the loop, shaded by deep woods.

Since this is a state forest, please check hunting season dates via the Web before making your trek. The proximity of Wakulla State Forest to world-renowned Wakulla Spring is one of the reasons for the state forest’s existence. The nearly 5,000-acre tract lies just north of Wakulla Spring. The state of Florida determined that acquiring the land would both help protect the spring and help restore the tract’s natural forest ecosystems, including the animals. It could also provide sustainable timber harvesting and offer outdoor recreation, including trails for visitors to explore. The forest was acquired in the early 2000s using monies from the Florida Forever program. On this hike you will see ongoing habitat restoration."

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"This loop hike originates at historic Wakulla Springs and Wakulla Springs Lodge, worthy destinations in their own right. Leave the lodge to explore bottomland woods and a smaller magnitude upwelling, Sally Ward Spring. From there the circuit passes cypress-gum swamps and other Big Bend forest ecosystems. Simply stated, Wakulla Spring is one of the largest single-vent springs on the planet, emitting more than 250 million gallons of water a day! This Florida treasure lies within Wakulla Springs State Park, as do the trails you will hike here. However, Wakulla Spring draws its water from well beyond the park boundary—from much of the Big Bend, including Tallahassee. The springs have lured visitors for centuries, from Florida’s aboriginals to today’s tourists, who float its waters in glass-bottom boats or swim and canoe in its outflow." Read more

Wakulla State Forest Hike Reviews

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This trail is quite long! It begins by the Lodge. I would recommend going inside of the lodge and getting a map before you start your trek. The trail itself is very nice and well-kept. Like all FL trails, bring the bug spray and coat it on! If you have time, I would also recommend taking a boat ride at the Springs, the glass bottom boats are fun! Also, if you're into swimming, swimming in the springs can be a nice cool-off after you get off the trail!

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Trail Information

Wakulla Springs
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 to 2 hours
October through April
Additional Use
USGS Crawfordville East
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Dec 2018