St. Marks River Preserve State Park

A flight of Common Egrets along the St. Marks River
A flight of Common Egrets along the St. Marks River

St. Marks River Preserve State Park was slated to be Florida's 161st state park back in 2010 (when I first started composing this site), but information about it was rather slim. In 2020 I see they are up to 175 state parks... but at the end of 2010 I left the state and haven't been back. Still, I suppose I should catch up on what I've missed, eh?

Apparently it's a 2,589-acre property that was bought by the state to buffer the St. Marks River from surrounding developments, protecting the natural communities in the floodplain and preserving the water quality.

The property is rich in natural and cultural resources, with a dirt road system that dates back to the 1800's. For now, you can explore the place by hiking and/or biking those old roads while the state develops a management plan and starts to deal with updating what's there and building the infrastructure of a modern state park. One problem, though, is the state started this project about the same time the global economy began its financial crash in late 2007. In a word: cash was short...

The property is composed of flatwoods, sandhill, floodplain forest, xeric hammock and bay heads. You'll find fox, deer, wild turkey, bobcat, fox squirrels and black bear in these woods, and hawks, owls, ducks and other wading and shorebirds in the air and on the water.

 
St Marks River Preserve State Park area map
St. Marks River Preserve State Park area map
St. Marks River Preserve State Park
11950 Tram Road, Tallahassee, FL32311
850-922-6007