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. The address of the trailhead is 4778 Woodville Highway. 

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

Possibly the best bike trail in Florida

   August, 2015 by bobwise32952

Thick forest shades virtually all 20 miles, making a cool green tunnel from Gamble & Stearns Streets in Tallahassee to a waterfront park in St. Marks. The trail is wide and smooth, with occasional restrooms and benches along the rural stretches. No parking ...read more

Great place for inline skating

   July, 2015 by srogers

I started the trail from the St. Marks end, because there doesn't seem to be very good parking at the Tallahassee end. St Marks is a bit of a resort town, and there are lots of bars and restaurants to cool off at after the trip. There are covered rest ...read more

trailhead location

   June, 2015 by rhcrabtree

As we were unfamiliar with street names (not being locals), we did not realize that Capitol Circle was a street. It would have been helpful if we had known this. We had no real "address" to put into our GPS. The street address of the main trailhead adjacent ...read more