Shell Point and Wakulla County

Shell Point map showing Connie and Janet drives.

Paradise Village, off S.R. 367, is defined by the three canals surrounding Connie and Janet drives in the Shell Point community in Wakulla County.

Shell Point is located on the northern edge of Apalachee Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 30 miles south of Tallahassee. After a petition by local groups to the state of Florida in 1995, the public beach was funded by grants and is now managed by the Wakulla County Department of Parks and Recreation. Good fishing can be found throughout the Bay and beyond, including trout, mullet, jacks, snapper, grouper, and redfish. VisitWakulla.com lists many fishing resources to explore the many ways to catch them in the area.

A convenience store with gas and diesel is located 5.5 miles away on U.S. 98 and Spring Creek highway. Most supplies can be found in the county seat of Crawfordville, a 15 mile drive. Spring Creek Restaurant is 3 miles away, with a wide selection of local seafood. Most Saturdays, the Wharf Express seafood restaurant truck is located across from the fire station. Both Spring Creek and the Wharf Express will cook your own fresh catch for you!

Map of Wakulla County
Wakulla County map

At the southwestern boundary and along the coastal highway of U.S. 98 is the town of Panacea, with the Gulf Specimen Laboratory and several seafood restaurants, as well as marine store, grocery stores, and a vessel repair/service center. Sopchoppy is to the north of Panacea with an active music scene, including the Sopchoppy Opry. Medart, between Shell Point and Panacea, is home to the county's high school, and several marine stores. To the east and south off Highway 98 is St. Marks, with a marine store, seafood restaurants and the historic St. Marks lighthouse and nature preserve.

Wakulla Springs is north of Shell Point, with one of the world's highest volume springs. A must visit for newcomers and visitors to the area, lodging and dining complement the wildlife setting.

From VisitWakulla.com:

The Shell Point area is a nature lover’s delight for dolphin watching and observation of other coastal wildlife. Bird watching is especially remarkable and an active bald eagle nest is located nearby on Live Oak Island. Between Shell Point and the next door community of Spring Creek is an entry point to a section of the Florida Trail that traverses the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and leads to two hidden natural gems: the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Palms, one of only two remaining virgin palm hammocks in Florida and Shepherd Springs, an idyllic blue oasis tucked away in the woods.

Wakulla Springs: The crystal clear water comes bubbling up from an incredible depth of 185 feet at an amazing average rate of 250 million gallons per day. The first magnitude Wakulla Springs is one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. River boat tours on the 15-passenger solar powered "Wakulla Explorer," include historic/cultural; wildlife; birding; nature photography; and sunset cruises or parties.

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge A premier nature location, the Refuge encompasses 68,000 acres of protected habitats and ecosystems, providing incredible opportunity for exceptional views of birds and wildlife. The refuge encompasses a broad sweep of salt marshes and tidal flats, brackish impoundments, cabbage palm hammocks, and pinelands with great opportunity for exceptional views of birds and wildlife.

Kayaking & Canoeing Probably the best way to explore our many rivers, streams, creeks and coastline is up close and personal in a kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Local outfitters can provide you with all the equipment and gear that you need and friendly guides to show you the way. Try an intimate, four-person group kayak and canoe eco-tours up or down the St. Mark River, with a focus on peaceful wildlife observation.

Hunting & Fishing Whether you enjoy your time on the water or in the woods, Wakulla will reward the active sportsman with world class seafood or the next trophy above the mantle. Every outdoor adventure is a lifetime memory. With so much attention paid to the seemingly endless amount of action among Wakulla County's fisheries, it's easy to forget that the hunting scene is arguably just as good.