This particular shell mound is located off State Road 24 near Cedar Key in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Turn onto County Road 347 then left onto SW 78 Place. Follow the signs. It’s about 4.5 miles from SR24 and well worth the visit not only for the history but the beautiful scenery.
The shell mound covers five acres, making it the largest shell mound remaining in central Florida’s gulf coast. The shells of whelks, mollusks and oysters as well as bones of deer, fish, and turtle rise to twenty-eight feet above sea level. As you walk the trail, you are truly walking over history—the remains of thousands of years of meals are beneath your feet.