Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Covid-19 NOTICE (March 23, 2020)

CONTACT: DEP Press Office, 850.245.2112, DEPNews@dep.state.fl.us

Florida State Parks Update

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Department of Environmental Protection announces that at the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23.

DEP has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our State Parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

We appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding as we work to prioritize the welfare of our communities and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again to our award winning state parks as soon as possible. 

As always, we are committed to providing updates to the public. For continuous updates, follow Florida State Parks on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. For additional information on Florida State Parks, please contact 850-245-2157.

Click HERE to find out more about this event! Volunteers needed! - please contact Don (Phoenix94@centurylink.net or (850-544-0037) or Steve (850-251-7143)

The Friends of Wakulla Springs, Inc. is the official Citizen Support Organization (CSO), a private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scientific research responsibilities of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Friends of Wakulla Springs (FOWS) State Park is an organization of volunteers committed to the preservation of the park with the largest and deepest freshwater spring in the world for the enjoyment of park visitors for generations to come.

As the largest and deepest freshwater spring in the world, Wakulla Springs is a natural and cultural landmark, so there is a great need for its preservation as a Florida State Park. The park has numerous springs that contribute to the Wakulla River run, hence its name "Wakulla Springs."

Profits are returned to the park to support park programs, increase public understanding of park activities, and support the park's long-term preservation and care.

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Located 30 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida, Wakulla Springs State Park offers outdoor activities, environmental splendor, world-class lodging, and is open 365 days per year.




Become a member and join others who are committed to preserving and protecting the beauty and wonder of Wakulla Springs. Your financial gift and your involvement are critical to help protect this natural treasure.



We are always accepting new volunteers and always need helping hands. There are as many educational opportunities as there are chances to provide voluntary service. We welcome your involvement.


Mysterious Waters

Mystery surrounds the early history of Wakulla Springs. The word “Wakulla” may be a modern spelling of ancient Native American origin meaning “river of the crying bird” or “mystery.” Spanish explorers interpreted the Indian word for the spring as guacara. Historians have confused its name based on early maps.”

Edward Ball purchased the property in 1934 and developed it as an attraction focusing on wildlife preservation and the surrounding habitat. The State of Florida bought half of the existing park property in 1986. The other half was added in 2000 to protect the quality of the groundwater which feeds the spring and the large Cherokee Sink.

Local residents and visitors from all over the world enjoy this first magnitude spring for its beautiful diverse wildlife, deep water spring and swimming area, river boat tour and the Wakulla Springs Lodge. Contact the Wakulla Springs Lodge for lodging, catering and events.


We depend on funding from membership dues and donations. Your membership enables us to continue our educational advocacy and activities. Together we can make our world better for future generations.

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