What Is It?
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is home to the largest and deepest freshwater spring in the world. Take in the beauty of the springs from diving platforms, riverboat tours and a variety of hiking trails.
After 1850, when mastodon bones were found at the bottom of the springs, paleontologists flocked to Wakulla. Scientists have since found
remains of multiple extinct mammals—including giant sloths and saber-toothed tigers—as well as tools made by early humans.
Boat tours are popular, and the park offers the opportunity to hike, bird, bike, swim, ride horses and even geocache. While swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are allowed in the springs, please note they must be done in designated areas.
A Hint of Hollywood
Early filmmakers loved using Wakulla Springs’ deep and clear water for underwater scenes. Films shot at Wakulla include “Tarzan’s Secret Treasure” (1941) and “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954). Remnants from the filmmaking—including the old underwater filming platform—can be seen near the ranger station.
Where Should You Stay?
Located in the center of the park is The Lodge at Wakulla Springs. Built in 1937 by Edward Ball, the art-deco-style lodge overlooking the springs contains 27 rooms. The lodge is known for its large dining room and 70-foot-long soda fountain counter.
The park is open 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year. It costs $6 per vehicle to enter the park. For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/WakullaSprings or call 850-561-7276. To book a reservation at the lodge, visit www.thelodgeatwakullasprings.com or call 855-632-4559.