Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in St Marks National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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I didn’t think a forest of palm trees would be that exciting but it turned out to be really cool. Very pretty and interesting to see palms in a natural, wild way. The trail is really dry right now since there’s been no rain in ages - not muddy at all. A bit overgrown on much of the Florida Trail section, picked up a bunch of ticks. Would consider doing an out and back on the forest road north track of the loop to avoid the ticks and overgrown brush next time.

7 months ago

Tough run, but the scenery is gorgeous! If you are a runner who likes a challenge this is a good one.

This is a great trail. The cathedral was beautiful. Pictures do not give it justice. Check out the small spring, great place to sit and take in the view. This is one of the best marked and maintained trails I have hiked, my hats off to the maintainers and volunteers.

Flamingo, baby alligators, 12 swallow tail kites, gadwall, n shovelers, blue wing teals, tree swallows, baby bald eagle being feed, l b herons, roseate spoonbill, dunlins, yellowlegs, b b plover, osprey and more

Cool trail that leads out to the west side of the beach. Lots of native cacti on this trail, cool to see. Benches set up along the way for resting

Great birding Trail! Had several waves of plovers come right over us with a “wooosh” like diver bombers and light on the lake right in front of us. There must have been a couple hundred of them.

8 months ago

Great hike! Muddy in a few places, but very easy to travel.Trail has been cleared of trees that came down during Hurricane Michael. The best part of this hike is reaching Shepherd Spring.

Great trail, beautiful area...but there is a lot of flooding on the trail right now. And the ticks are still out in full force. But it was still a great hike!

Did a in and out hike through the Cathedral of Palms along the Florida Trail to check out Shepherd Spring

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washed out
9 months ago

Nice trail up until Florida trail cut through, which is flooded and with down trees. Had to turn back. Might try again with better shoes. Beware of ticks

Lots of bugs, water, and it’s over grown right now. Description says wait till October and they are right. I would even wait till December when cold temps kill some vegetation and spiders.

Excellent trail.

Relatively dry right now but starting to get snakey. The Cathedral was beautiful.

Very nice and runnable trail. The trail was well mark and 6 miles is what my gps recorded. It has a few wet spots but I ran in my trail running shoes with no problems.

Mon Jan 15 2018

Nice little walk to see the protected shore along the gulf in the St. Marks boundary. You can see some great water fowl and coastal birds, and monarchs during the right time.

Breathtaking trail, be prepared for mud!

The trail isn't hard, but because it's not well maintained, it's hard to follow. Don't go during the rainy season, the palms are in a swamp head and the trail runs under water for a good part. Check out my full review and guide here: https://www.outdoorproject.com/adventures/florida/hikes/cathedral-palms-trail

Thu Aug 17 2017

This was some of the best scenery I've seen from a Florida trail. Just a heads up, this trail is not in Tom brown park. It's in the St mark's area.

Mon Apr 10 2017

Five stars for the views, three stars for the bugs :/

Absolutely beautiful trail. It's been very dry lately so the trail wasn't difficult to traverse at all. Make sure you go down the blue blazed trail to the spring because that is a stunning sight to see!

Nice hike not hard. Watch for the first turn by the heliport. We missed it. added a extra mile to the hike.

Great trail! But it was a tough 6 miles!

Flat packed stone. Diked areas for waterfowl. Alligators are quite numerous near the waters edge.

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