Administrative roads and levees may be closed during prescribed burns, peak wildlife events, especially around eagle nests, shorebird and waterfowl areas. Please check with the Visitor Center, (850)925-6121, for the latest information concerning closures.
Florida National Scenic Trail – enters the St. Marks Unit from the east and west. The entire segment of the Florida Trail on the refuge is 49.5 miles. Camping permits for through hikers are available at the Visitor Center. Open to foot & bicycle traffic only.
Trail and Camping Information, and Camping permits.
Plum Orchard Pond Trail - located behind the Visitor Center and Nature's Classroom.
Primitive Trails – Deep Creek is 12 miles; Stoney Bayou is 6.5. Both trails start 1.5 miles south of the Visitor Center on Lighthouse Rd. Trails follow old logging roads and levees around refuge pools. Great for seeing shy wildlife and migratory birds. Map at trail head also. Open to foot, bicycle & horseback riding traffic.
Headquarters Pond Trail – this ¼ mile trail is located across from the Tower Pond trailhead provides access to a small wooden observation deck at the edge of the pond. Named for an old refuge headquarters site, this pond is great for wading birds, ducks, wood storks and bald eagles. Open to foot & bicycle traffic only.
Tower Pond Trail – (also known as Mounds Trail), it is located 5 miles south of Visitor Center, with parking next to the restrooms. The trail has a leaflet at the trail head and winds for one mile through slash pine forests, oak hammocks, and salt marsh. Tower Pond is now being managed as a saltwater lagoon for migratory songbirds, ducks, and wading birds. Open to foot and bicycle traffic only.
Cedar Point Trail – located near the saltwater boat ramp, this is a ½ mile trail open to foot traffic only.
Lighthouse Levee Trail – located at the end of Lighthouse Rd. at the right of the parking lot, this ½ mile trail has interpretive focuses on coastal plants. Leaflet at the trail head. Open to foot, bicycle and horseback riding traffic.
Create your own – all levees and woodland roads are open to hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Make up a trail that meets your needs! See refuge map.