San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park spans a total area of just 16 acres of land that is located in Wakulla County and in the state of Florida. To access the main entrance to the park, visitors should head to Saint Marks, a city that is located off SR 363 on Old Fort Road. When visitors get to this historic state park, they will find a lot of unique historical attractions to engage them. The history that the park preserves goes as far back as 1528 when a Spanish explorer called Panfilo de Narvaez arrived in the area with about 300 men. It is however not until 1679 when the first fort was built in the area.
The fort in the park was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966, because of its historical significance, and was later added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on the same day. There is a museum at the park that displays pottery and tools unearthed near the original fort and explains the history of the place. Besides these attractions, the park has several other activities on offer to its visitors including tours, wildlife viewing, fishing, birding, hiking and picnicking. Conveniences in the park include the museum, interpreter exhibit, the historic site and some trails.
Dogs are definitely allowed into San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park although some restrictions will apply to safeguard the park's facilities and to protect visitors, wildlife, and the park’s habitat. It is, therefore, a good idea to be aware of the areas of the park that are accessible or not accessible to dogs. In areas of the park that dogs and their owners can venture into, the pooch must be on a leash with a length of up to six feet. If the pooch is not on a leash, then the dog must be kept in a secure enclosure.