Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Wakulla Springs State Park

This world famous site provides access to Wakulla’s first magnitude spring. From the pier, look for Anhingas, Common Gallinules, Pied-billed Grebes and wintering Hooded Mergansers, as well as roosting Black Vultures in the cypress. For a “Real Florida” experience, take one of the park’s river cruises (first tour departs at 930am) to get excellent views of Least Bittern (summer), Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Wood Duck and White Ibis. Alligators, Suwannee River Cooters and mullet are commonly seen; manatees are often found in the river and spring and when the water is clear the views are spectacular. In years past this park was known for Limpkins, but today they are rarely seen at the spring or along the river. However they may return, as park staff are reintroducing native apple snails, the Limpkin’s main food source. The spectacular, 1930s-era lodge has roosting Chimney Swifts in summer, and look for Mississippi Kites and Broad-winged Hawks soaring overhead. Hiking trails throughout this park provide access to floodplain forest good for Summer Tanagers and Ovenbirds in migration and Prothonotary Warblers, Great Crested Flycatchers and Northern Parulas in summer. Butterfly viewing is best here in late spring and fall. Many swallowtail and hairstreak species are seen on flowering trees and shrubs in spring. Texan Crescents and Appalachian Browns are regularly seen on the hiking trails north of the Wakulla River.

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