Scenic USA - Florida

Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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St. Marks Refuge

St. Marks Refuge

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     One of America's first wildlife refuges is a 68,000 acre plot along Florida's panhandle. Gulf Coast's St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a coastal marshland dotted with small islands, seven fresh St. Marks Lighthouse water estuaries and a web of tidal creeks.
     A seven mile park road cuts through a pine forest and then, heading toward the coast, the highway is built up from the lowlands and wetlands that make up over half of the park's habitat. Over a quarter of a million visitors enjoy St. Marks each year. One of the popular attractions is the lighthouse that dates back to 1866. Florida National Scenic Trail passes through the refuge and is part of the 75 miles of trail layout. The preserve is a winter home for migratory birds. Birders have logged more than 275 species, including scoters, bay and marsh ducks, grebes, shorebirds, eagles, heron and ospreys. A gathering of white pelicans stay out of camera range in the background of this view.



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