Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Covid-19 NOTICE (May 17, 2020)

Park Now Open With Limited Visitation

Limited Visitation and Lodge Lunch / Dinner Now Open

Effective Monday, May 11, 2020: Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is open for day use activities (see hours of operation and fee information by clicking the link below).  The lodge opened May 12 for limited lunch and dinner service in the dinging room and the soda fountain is open as well. Overnight lodging remains closed. Swimming is available at a reduced capacity. Cherokee Sink is closed. Restroom availability may be limited. All other park facilities are closed. The spring shop concession stand is expected to open on Memorial Day weekend. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart and limit group size to ten or fewer people.

Here is the link: https://www.floridastateparks.org/WakullaSprings 

View the full list of limited partial park openings 

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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