Tracing the route of Florida’s first and longest-operating railroad, the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail is an excellent option for bikers or runners of any skill level.
Tracing the route of Florida’s first and longest-operating railroad, the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail is an excellent option for bikers or runners of any skill level. The trailhead, just south of Capital Circle on Woodville Highway, offers ample parking, restrooms and water fountains. From here, you have the option of traveling north 4.5 miles through the city along the Stadium Drive Bike path (frequently used by students to access Florida State University), but to the south is where most of the St. Marks trail lies.
Once primarily used to bring cotton from local plantations down to the coast, this wide and well-paved trail now offers locals and visitors a 13-mile route that’s scenic and simple to follow, and also boasts several optional off-shoots sure to engage more adventurous souls. The first of these occurs just 1 mile into the trail, where mountain bikers have the option of taking the Munson Hills Off-Road Trail, a challenging loop system detailed here. The St. Marks Trail then continues for 8 more miles to the Wakulla Station Trailhead (which offers restrooms, water and shelter). From here, riders are presented the choice of taking a 5-mile detour to the beautiful Wakulla Springs State Park, or continuing 6 miles to St. Marks itself, where waterfront restaurants provide scenic views of boats cruising along the St. Marks River before you ready yourself for the journey back.
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The recently improved and reopened Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail inspired me to break out my bike and give it a go. First, I thought it best to wipe the mildew off the seat, squirt a little oil on the moving parts and put some air in the tires.view