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Area Management

The St. Marks Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the St. Marks Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Forty-one miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail traverse St. Marks NWR from west to east, including through the eastern portion of the St. Marks Wilderness. Through hikers do qualify for camping permits. Otherwise, all visitor use is daylight use only. Entrance fees apply to the Lighthouse Rd. area of the refuge. The refuge visitor center is open every day except federal holidays and offers visitors many free publications,exhibits, a bookstore, and friendly information about the refuge.