With more than 250,000 visitors annually, the 68,000-acre refuge was first established as a winter habitat for migratory birds. The St. Marks National Wildlife refuge is one of the oldest refuge in the country. Along the Gulf Coast of northwest Florida, the refuge spreads out between Jefferson, Taylor and Wakulla countries. The huge sanctuary is filled with the most astonishing flora and fauna which can be visited throughout the whole year. Islands, tidal creeks, coastal marshes and estuaries of seven north Florida rivers are just some of the great offers of the asylum. A recreational area is available for people who just wants to relax. Nature lovers can appreciate the glorious beauty of nature in this little paradise. Researchers is also welcome here.
The refuge has a great bond with its ethnicity and culture. St. Marks Lighthouse, which was erected in 1832, still stand as time goes by. On April 23, 2011, the lighthouse re-opened along with the newly refurbished salt waterboat ramp. The ramp offers a launch divided fot two vessels. Safety curbs are also made to provide protection to everyone.
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