In the northern portion of Tallahassee, just off of Meridian Road, lies Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park and the series of winding trails contained within
In the northern portion of Tallahassee, just off of Meridian Road, lies Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park and the series of winding trails contained within (including the extremely popular Red Bug Trail.) These trails can be accessed via the trailhead on Miller Landing Road or through the Forest Meadows sports complex nearby, both of which offer parking. The Meridian Youth Sports Complex also offers parking, restrooms and water fountains, as well as easy access to several hiking and mountain biking trails.
At the main trailhead, numerous signs, numbers and letters mark the many trails that traverse this area. Confusion is possible, so it’s best to go with a more experienced partner, but for those on their own there are maps available that make sense of the chaos—and usually enough riders in the area willing to straighten things out should it come to that. Once on your way, ancient magnolias, massive tulip poplars and other foliage shade nearly the entire length of the trail, which also crosses several alluvial streams. From here, various loops and trails offer access to terrain that ranges from hilly to sandy to swamp-like (with bog bridges to help you along), with each twist and turn revealing yet another natural wonder. With so many options, it’s tough to accurately list the mileage for trails in this area, but whether you’re looking for a simple 1-mile hike or an arduous 10-mile ride, it’s safe to say you’ll find it here.
Amenities: Sports complex, mountain bike trails, horse trails, hiking trails, shared-use trails wildlife viewing
Cost: No Entry Fee
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