Wakulla Wildlife Management Area
Managed in cooperation with Florida Forest Service.
The Wakulla WMA covers 4,219 acres in Wakulla County, adjacent to Wakulla Springs State Park and about six miles south of Tallahassee. This acreage includes the Woodville Tract (74 acres) where hunting is not permitted and the Wakulla Tract (4,045 acres) where hunting is permitted. A portion of the forest is within the groundwater recharge area for Wakulla Springs, one of the largest single vent freshwater springs in the world. Springs and sinkholes dot the landscape and McBride Slough flows through the forest. The slough connects with two small springs, flows under State Road 267, and joins the Wakulla River. Past land use practices replaced the upland hardwood forests, sandhills, hammocks, swamps and marshes with pine plantations. Restoring these ecosystems and protecting water resources are the primary land management objectives on this forest. Wildlife species on the area include white-tailed deer, feral hog, turkey, bobcat, gopher tortoise and a variety of resident and migratory birds.
The area, managed by the Florida Forest Service, is open for public use year-around. Recreational opportunities include hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding and bicycling. Recreation users may explore the network of service roads and trails, which are closed to vehicles and promise habitat variety and the interest and challenge of low water crossings and elevation changes. Trails include the 1.75-mile Nemours Trail, the 4.5-mile Double Springs Trail Loop and the 1.0-mile Petrik Spur Trail off of the Double Springs Trail. Some trails are designated multi-use; others are hiking-only. The Trailhead is located along SR 267 and features a picnic pavilion and a parking area that can accommodate horse trailers. Smaller parking areas are located along Rosa Shingles Road and on the northeast boundary off of Cooperwood Road. Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands. For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law. All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. Scheduled hunts include archery, archery/muzzleloading gun, spring turkey, small game and migratory birds. A quota hunt permit is required for archery, archery/muzzleloading gun and spring turkey. Motorized vehicles may operate only on a portion of Rosa Shingles Road and Chattin Road. ATVs are prohibited. There is no camping. Check the Wildlife Management Area regulations for information about hunting seasons.
Rules Regarding Dogs
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
- Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting with dogs, other than bird dogs or retrievers, is prohibited. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.