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Overview of Nature Lover's Paradise - Aucilla River In St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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2 bedrooms, WiFi, bed sheets
TV, fireplace, DVD player, books
TV, fireplace, DVD player, books
TV, fireplace, DVD player, books
2 bedrooms, WiFi, bed sheets

Nature Lover's Paradise - Aucilla River In St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

4.8/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 3.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

Explore the area

    Popular LocationSt. Marks National Wildlife Refuge30 min drive
    Popular LocationSan Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park34 min drive
    Popular LocationSt. Marks Lighthouse46 min drive
    AirportTallahassee, FL (TLH-Tallahassee Intl.)53 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
1350 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed
    1 sleep sofa/futon
Bedroom 2
    1 double bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
    No shower or bathtub

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Nature Lover's Paradise - Aucilla River In St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Riverfront vacation home with kitchen and patio
The Moorings at Mandalay, Aucilla River Florida is ultimate and unique eco-tourist destination – a true nature lover’s paradise inside the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge -- birding, boating, sailing, canoeing, hiking, hunting, scalloping, fishing, artifact hunting, wildflower collecting, wildlife observation, nature photography, and painting. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the Aucilla River. You’ll love the panoramic view of the refuge across the river through the 40 feet of sliding glass doors or from the dock. Pets are allowed with a $50 pet fee and modern flea protection.

This retreat is beautifully furnished with objects collected from around the world. The 2-bedroom, 1 ½ bath home has a queen-size bed, a comfortable double size futon, and a double Tempur-Pedic bed and plenty of floor space for inflatable mattresses. The home is fully furnished including linens, dishes, a dishwasher, a microwave, a washer, a dryer, a flat-screen TV, a VCR/DVD player, CD's, DVDs, games, books and more.

The rambling yard that has 160 front feet right along the riverbank. From the dock, you are just upstream about 10 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico with a public boat ramp nearby. The area has abundant wildlife. Seasonal sightings include ruby-throated hummingbirds, ospreys, bald eagles, pleated woodpeckers, swallow-tailed kites, great blue herons, white pelicans, turkeys, and flocks of iron head storks. In the river, teeming with fish, we've also seen manatees, otters, and porpoises. All around in the forest raccoon, deer, fox, coyotes, bobcats, and wild boar abound.

It’s a short hop up to Tallahassee, just 45 minutes; to Perry it’s 20 minutes. About 30 minutes away is the village of St. Marks, on the St. Marks River where it converges with the crystal clear Wakulla River. At the headwaters of the Wakulla River, twenty minutes away, is the Wakulla Springs Lodge State Park, a “river boat adventure” tour, swimming, dining, and lodging. For your convenience, JR’s Aucilla River Store is within 5 miles at the US 98 bridge. A guide service is available that provides licensed charter captains intimately familiar with the Big Bend waters.

This area has a rich archaeological history. You will walk the same trails of our ancestors from the Pleistocene era. For hiking, about three miles from the house, a segment of the Florida Trail runs east and west through the forest of the National Wildlife Refuge. It parallels US 98, then turns north up the Aucilla River basin through the many sinkholes to the upper run. That segment has white water rapid canoeing.

You can enjoy a half-day pristine canoe or fishing trip from the headwaters of the Wacissa River merging with the Aucilla River’s lower run ending at the house. Nearby recreational areas include Hickory Mound Impoundment, especially good for birding, Goose Pasture Recreational Area for canoeing and picnicking, and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

Like us on Facebook, The Moorings at Mandalay, for additional pictures and Map of Aucilla River channel, overlaid on a satellite photo.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include showers and hair dryers.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available

Parking and transportation

  • Car required


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee grinder
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Sofa bed


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Wood stove


  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo
  • Music library
  • Games
  • Video library
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Phone

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • On the waterfront
  • In a rural location

Things to do

  • Kayak on site
  • Golfing on site
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Hunting nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Sailing nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 1350 sq ft (125 sq m)



Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 21

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is required for transportation to and from this property

About this area


Located in Lamont, this vacation home is in a rural area and on the waterfront. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching. Guests love the property's location for the sightseeing.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge - 30 min drive
  • San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park - 34 min drive
  • St. Marks Lighthouse - 46 min drive
  • Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park - 47 min drive
  • Shell Point Beach - 49 min drive

Getting around

  • Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) - 53 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Rating 5 - Excellent. 79 out of 97 reviews
5 - Excellent 81%
Rating 4 - Good. 14 out of 97 reviews
4 - Good 14%
Rating 3 - Okay. 3 out of 97 reviews
3 - Okay 3%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 97 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 97 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%






Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Birthday getaway
Very relaxing and refreshing. A time to reconnect and renew. We had a wonderful time.

5/5 Excellent

Birders Paradise
Very Quiet, the river was amazing. we took a canoe trip down the river to all most the Gulf. Saw an Alligator lots of birds.

5/5 Excellent

Perfect get away location
3rd time staying here. The home and area has been relaxing and stress free every time. Nearby town of St.Marks has a laid back restaurant with live music also located on a river. Nearby springs and low population make this home an excellent choice for a get away.

5/5 Excellent

Secluded and well stocked get-a-way
This is the most well stocked place I've ever seen. Very secluded and a lot of nature to see. I would only recommend that the old sailboat dock somewhere else. Kinda messes up a great fishing opportunity. We really enjoyed the nice get-a-way

5/5 Excellent

This was our second time staying here and we loved it even more than the first!!

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