You’ll find it easy to achieve a work-life balance in Wakulla County. Combining our sunny weather, extensive recreation opportunities and affordable cost of living lets you enjoy all that northern Florida offers. Florida is called the Sunshine State for a good reason. Wakulla County is no exception. With average annual temps of 67 degrees and an average of 231 sunny days a year, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy “The Natural Place to Be.” Water covers nearly 20% of Wakulla County’s 735 square miles, providing an abundance of water activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, and swimming.
The St. Marks, Wakulla and Ochlockonee River are on Florida's list of “Outstanding Florida Waters” and are protected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. These are deemed as "worthy of special protection because of their natural attributes." Outstanding Florida Waters have special restrictions on any new activities that would lower water quality or otherwise degrade the body of water.
Prefer to spend your time on solid ground? Take a hike, ride a bike or even a horse along one of our many nature trails. While you’re out there, stop and take a moment to enjoy some bird watching and admire the wildlife. Wakulla County’s three major parks – Apalachicola National Forest, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Wakulla Springs State Park, home to one of the largest and deepest natural freshwater springs in the world – let you get up close and personal with nature.
Wakulla Springs is one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. The park features an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, manatees, deer, and birds. Ancient mastodon and other bones have been discovered in the springs. On average, 200–300 million gallons of water a day flow from the spring. The springs lead to an extensive underwater cave system, 12 miles of which have been explored. One expedition was featured in a National Geographic special.
Explore historic sites like Fort San Marcos de Apalache and the town of Sopchoppy to discover the rich history of Wakulla County. Small-town living can be found all across Wakulla County. From the sleepy fishing villages of Spring Creek and Ochlockonee Bay and waterfront communities of Panacea and Shell Point to the historic towns of St. Marks, Sopchoppy and Smith Creek. Get to know your neighbors and be a part of your community in Wakulla County.
If you crave the hustle and bustle of a larger city, it’s a quick 30-minute drive to Tallahassee. Take in the art scene at the Railroad Square Art Park, absorb the sounds of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra or catch a performance at Theatre Tallahassee. Missing nightlife? Tallahassee has it covered. Craft beer bars, Irish pubs, live music, and an eclectic dining scene provide plenty to discover not too far from Wakulla County.
The Capital City to the Sea Trails are a growing collection of multi-use trails that lead from Capital Cascades Park in Tallahassee to the Gulf Coast. Stay connected with the outdoors the next time you want to head into the city.