St. Marks River Preserve State Park
St. Marks River Preserve State Park occupies 2,590 acres in Leon and Jefferson Counties along the banks of the St. Marks River headwaters. The property was acquired by the State in 2006 to protect the river headwaters from development, and to provide an area for recreational use. Combined with other protected areas, it helps provide a continuous wildlife corridor from the river headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. The park does not currently have any improvements other than a parking area along County Road 259 (Tram Road), and trail signage.

There are seven miles of multi-use trails in the park. Hiking, off-road bicycling, and horseback riding is allowed on the trails. The trails run through a variety of natural habitats consisting primarily of uploand forest and sandhill, but also including some swampy lowland areas. They are mostly soft, dry and sandy, but be prepared for wet sections during the rainy months.

The park has no improvements for recreational use, with no water, restrooms or shelters. So prepare accordingly for a primitve hiking, biking, or equestrian experience. You will need to pack in everything you need, and pack out your trash.

This is a relatively new State Park, so there is currently only one trailhead access point - along Tram Road. There is a large parking area with plenty of room for horse trailers. The river headwaters are not really suitable for canoe or kayak paddling. So there is no launch point onto the river.

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