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Small Town, Big Surprises: St. Marks, Florida

By Jefferson County Economic Developement
Posted: June 19, 2019

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Small town’s outside of Tallahassee, Florida are often full of big surprises. This is also the case for St. Marks, a small town of 275 people. If you’re looking for an exciting day-trip or a weekend away, St. Marks certainly fits the bill.

For the outdoorsmen, St. Marks offers phenomenal fishing opportunities. There are two marinas, two rivers, and Gulf access; what more could you ask for? Lodging? Shell Island Fish Camp is a simple, rustic spot to spend the night.
In addition to fishing, hiking, horseback trails, and birding are excellent activities one can take advantage of at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

After exploring the outdoors, you might be able to enjoy soft jazz or acoustic tunes at the local establishments, The Shack or Sweet Magnolia B&B. Live music can also be heard at Cooter Stew Cafe and Riverside Cafe.

If you want to travel back in time, St. Marks has a rich history. Visit San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park to explore the development of the area over the course of hundreds of years.

Learn more about visiting St. Marks, including lodging and activities, from Visit Natural North Florida.