In 1577, the Spanish built a fort at San Marcos De Apalache to protect trade routes and Spain’s claim to Florida. Located along a remote section of the Florida coast, the settlement provided easy access to the interior of Florida, the Spanish missions, and fertile farm land. Although San Marcos was never a large or important site it was involved in conflicts between the Spanish, English, French, Indians, and Americans as they all sought control of the area. After Florida became a state it was occupied by Confederate soldiers who held it for four years.
The park has a small visitor center with exhibits and a short video. Signs along a self guided interpretive trail point out remnants of foundations and other evidence of the various occupations.
The visitor center is accessible. A very short section of the trail is paved and accessible. The rest of it is dirt with steep hills and many roots.