Tallahassee - St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

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The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail is the first rail-trail developed by the state, and it follows the route of Florida's first and longest-operating railroad that was used primarily to transport cotton from plantations to awaiting ships. Today adventure awaits, as the paved trail—plus side trails and nearby state parks—stand ready for exploration.

As its name implies, the trail stretches about 20.5 miles from the capital city south to St. Marks. Longleaf pine and forests of oak, wax myrtle and yaupon holly nicely shade the route.

Start at the Capital Circle Trailhead. Heading north for 4.5 miles takes you within several blocks of Florida State University and the Stadium Drive Bikepath—frequenly used by students to access the University. There are no significant facilities on this section, but it is urban in nature and has businesses located adjacent to the trail.

The first few miles south of this trailhead can be a bit congested, particularly on the weekends. Just remember proper trail etiquette and have a good time. If you are riding a mountain bike, consider turning into the Munson Hills Off-Road Trail, off the trail about 1 mile (mileage is painted on the asphalt) from the Capital Circle Trailhead. The loop system can get sandy during dry months, but the scenic areas and remote terrain make it worth a visit.

Wakulla Station Trailhead, near mile marker 9, provides water, shelter and restrooms. A bit farther south you can take a 5-mile detour along the paved shoulder of SR 267 to get to Wakulla Springs State Park, known for its big, beautiful spring and a refreshing swimming hole.

With only 6 or so miles of trail remaining, you will soon find yourself in St. Marks. Another state park, San Marcos Apalache Historic State Park, is to the south and west of the trail's end. Or simply hit one of the small waterfront restaurants to wet your whistle and carb-load with friends while watching the boats cruise along the St. Marks River.

Parking and Trail Access

The Capital Circle Trailhead is located on the west side of Route 363 (Woodville Highway) in Tallahassee, just south of Capital Circle.

Trail access and parking is also available at Woodville Sports Complex on the west side of the trail. Follow the brown directional signs from Route 363 (Woodville Highway) south to the complex.

Wakulla Station Trailhead is located on the west side of the trail off Route 363 (Woodville Highway) just south of the Leon and Wakulla county line. Follow the brown directional signs to the trailhead.

Reviews

Beautiful on a cold winter day

   November, 2014 by divinman

Nice wide path. Well paved and maintained. I hopped on the trail at the parking lot next to the ball fields and ran North about 4 miles and then back. Some areas of this section cut through a small residential (low income) area but I felt safe enough. ...read more

Great Trail!

   November, 2014 by dmckee622

This is a great trail! Very well maintained with well maintained and clean restrooms along the way. We will be back to ride this trail again. read more

Cold Day of Riding!

   January, 2014 by crowculbertson

I started out on Wednesday morning from St Marks at a beginning temperature of 35! I was well insulated so no bother. Very enjoyable but straight as an arrow ride. I reached the Main Trailhead at Capital Circle and the trail took me across Capital Circle ...read more