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St Marks NWR Deep Cree/Stoney Bayou

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Want to see wildlife on nice flat easy non-paved trails? Trails are smooth gravel or grass double-track. There are several options routes but the main Deep Creek trail is longer at 12 miles and Stoney Bayou is about 6.5 miles. Trails are easy and wide but the numerous wildlife viewing opportunities will make it worth your while to bring your bike. Maps are available at the visitors’ center near the park entrance or at the trailheads. Entry fee is $4 per car. This site describes the trails in more detail: http://www.gulfwinds.org/trails/deep_creek.htm This site has a calendar telling you what wildlife you can expect to see each month of the year: http://www.florida-outdoors.com/article_stmarks.htm
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Latitude
30.405452063695413
Longitude
-84.28384780883789
Trail Directions
Directions: St. Marks NWR is located 25 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida. Take State Hwy. 363 through Woodville to the intersection of State Hwy.363 and State Hwy. 267 (blinking light at this intersection). Turn left onto 267 and drive 4 miles to dead end into U.S.Hwy. 98 (Coastal Hwy). Turn left onto Coastal Hwy. and drive about 1/2 mile, cross over the St. Marks River, and take your first right on Co. Rd. 59 (Lighthouse Rd.). The Visitor Center and most public usfacilities begin three miles down Lighthouse Rd. A 6.8-mile wildlife drive runs from the Visitor Center to the old historic St. Marks lighthouse on Apalachee Bay. Maps and other information are available by calling 850-925-6121.
Trail Length
12 Miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Tallahassee
Zip/Postal Code
32355
Country
USA
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Review Date
March 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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 1 of 5

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Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Allen_122305 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trails in the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge are nice, scenic rides that offer a more relaxed riding experience. There are basically old logging roads - and dikes that cross the marshes and inlets. Most are double track with flat, well maintained surfaces. On the day that I was there, some of the dikes were washed out from recent storms and we carried our bikes across. The hardcore amongst you may choose to navigate your bike through these for a brief thrill. There are basically 2 trails: a 6.5 miler and a 12 miler. Here is a link with a map: http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks/hiking.html (click on #2). According to the Park Ranger, there are other old logging roads in the refuge that are not designated as a trail but can also be ridden on. Overall, its an easy, non-technical area suited for anyone who enjoys observing wildlife as much as riding. Aligators abound and there are all kinds of birds. Birders and tour groups on foot were present on the day we rode. This would also be a great place for trail running. A caveat: Bring your mosquito repellant! It was mid January and around 65 degrees and the mosquitos were in full force on the dikes.

Recommended Route:
http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks/hiking.html



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