Ideal for single-track enthusiasts and cross-country runners, the Fern Trail is a surprisingly natural trail located just minutes from some of Tallahassee’s most urban areas.
Ideal for single-track enthusiasts and cross-country runners, the Fern Trail is a surprisingly natural trail located just minutes from some of Tallahassee’s most urban areas. The trail runs from downtown Tallahassee throughout the city’s east side until it reaches the expansive Tom Brown Park. It crosses several major roads and dips under Capital Circle via the railroad tracks, making it a widely used commuter trail that appeals to anyone seeking to travel off-road without traveling far.
Throughout most of its length, the Fern Trail is very well shaded. It is easily accessed from many points, the most popular of which is near Governor’s Square Mall between Appalachee Parkway and Park Avenue. Winding through the woods, you’ll climb several small hills as you follow the path (which is marked with blue blazes on the trees) for about a mile before crossing Victory Garden Drive near the Polos on Park apartment complex. From there, you can follow a stream toward the railroad tracks or diverge into the woods for a more adventurous trip. This is a fun diversion, but one to avoid if there has been abundant rain recently (as there often is in the summer months). Either way, the trail will then wind behind multiple businesses as it makes its way toward Capital Circle NE and Tom Brown Park that lies just beyond. Restrooms and water fountains are available at Tom Brown Park, but there are no facilities along the trail itself so remember to pack whatever you’ll need.
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