Located just off of Meridian Road lies Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park and the series of Tallahassee bike trails and hiking trails contained within. With 634-acres along the shores of Lake Jackson, Phipps Park provides recreational opportunities for all. This includes separate hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail systems. The Phipps Park Trail is made up of three stacked loops, each increasing in difficulty and length, showcasing trees of spectacular size and a carpet of trillium blooms each February.
The Coon Bottom Loop Trail and the Swamp Forest Loop are stacked, looping trails, offering 1.8 and 1.5 miles of trail fun. The Coon Bottom Loop is the smaller of the two trails, while the Swamp Forest Loop surrounds the perimeter of a forested wetland and stream and passes through a Beech-Magnolia forest. The trails’ terrain 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. While the south side of the loop is easy, the north side is quite strenuous. Featured on the Great Florida Birding Trail, the Phipps Hiking trails are noted for sighting Eastern bluebirds, wild turkey, bald eagles and wood storks.
These trails can be accessed from the Meadows Soccer complex via the trailhead on Miller Landing Road, or from the Meridian Youth Sports Complex also called Meridian Park. Parking is offered at both locations. Meridian Park also offers parking, restrooms, water fountains and access to the mountain bike trail.
Featured uses: Hiking, trail running, and wildlife viewing. Leashed dogs are permitted.
Trail Access: Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, 4 Parks EKP, Meridian Park, the Meadows Soccer Complex and Forestmeadows Athletic Center.
Park Access: Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park
4600 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312
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Amenities: Sports complex, recreation fields, playground, picnic tables, restrooms, parking, and access to Lake Overstreet Trails and the multi-use trails inside Maclay Gardens State Park.
Created primarily for runners, this trail was designed to give runners the opportunity to run on several types of surfaces. This hiking, running and biking trail was a coordinated effort of the Leon County Parks & Rec Department and Gulf Winds Track Club, and is a welcome addition to the already extensive trail networks that wind in and around the capital city.