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We parked at the Capital Circle Trailhead, where there are bathrooms, a water fountain, a pavilion, and a nice bench area.
Heading south, the trail is wide and smooth, with trees on either side, providing shade but not much "tree debris". The section along the Woodville Highway has a lot of road noise, but further down the trail, it runs along a less busy road and the noise drops off. The trail runs past older residences, and a few businesses. We turned around after 7 miles, but will definitely come back to explore the rest of the southern section another day.
Heading north from the Capital Circle Trailhead, the trail is obviously older, with a yellow center line. This section has few trees, and runs by businesses such as used car lots, and is not very scenic. The trail ends at a street, across from a working train yard.
This trail is a treasure to the region, and we look forward to returning again.
It's hot in South Georgia during August, so ride this trail in the morning. There is a good bit of shade but about 1 and 1/2 miles are out in the open. Best place to park is at the Lower Meigs Road trail head. It's a nice parking lot, but no restrooms. You can go north to downtown or south to the airport from here.
We started at the downtown end and road south to the airport. The portion from downtown to around the West View Cemetery really needs some attention,i.e. garbage strewn along the trail, broken glass and grass over-growing the edges. After that rough part, the trail was very nice and is used extensively by walkers, runners and bikers. Crossing US-319, a major four-lane highway, was all right, if you pay attention and use the crosswalk which has signals. The first mile after crossing US-319 is out in the open with a number of driveways and road crossings, then it slides back into the trees until you reach the airport. Shady and peaceful along this part.
Overall a good ride, (we did the entire 15 miles out and back.)
We loved this trail. We rode it mid-day in July and were able to keep a decent pace because of the abundance of shade. Bring your drinks and snacks because there aren't stores on the first 10 miles. We will be back to ride the whole trail when time permits.
If I could add half a star, I'd give 4 1/2 stars for this event. The trail is very nice, much of it wide enough for three abreast. The "trail proper" is attractive, intermittently shaded, and well off the road. As mentioned in the reviews, connecting trail areas are somewhat less appealing. Also, I agree that trail signage could be improved, as well as adding numerical addresses for trail heads.
The apres ride aspect of Moultrie's square? 5 stars! Lunch at Three Crazy Bakers (wonderful!) and interesting boutique shopping around the picturesque courthouse square. Pick up BBQ to go on the way out of town at The Barbeque Pit. Last stop before Valdosta? Peaches in Barney!
all cleared w/i 48 hours of major storm debris. we see the same folks often. 32 miles from Woodville head to St Marks r/t.
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 lot at Gamble & Stearns, but plenty of room for unloading beside the adjacent street. The trail follows a former rail line that carried cotton bales to the docks at St. Marks for export. Near the southern terminus, ruins of Spanish masonry lie beside traces of Confederate earthworks at the San Marcos de Apalache historic park.
If you find yourself on bike-laned Crawfordville Road, you probably missed the sharp jog to the northeast on the south side of Ridge Road. Here the trail follows Ridge Road/Gaile Avenue for a block before continuing south-southeast along Woodville Highway. There's no signage to mark the jog, at least when going south.
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 benches every few miles, and quite a few bathroom and water stops as well. If you want to skate, you're probably most interested in the surface. It was very smooth and well maintained. Additionally, where the trail crosses a dirt road, the dirt road is paved back several feet on either side to keep vehicles from tracking dirt and gravel onto the trail.
All the crossings are well marked, and most of them are back roads, or private roads. There are a couple of big streets to cross, but the traffic is not bad, and crossing is easy.
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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 to Capitol Circle is 4778 Woodville Highway. Nice, flat paved trail, but average scenery.
Rode the southernmost sixteen miles to St. Marks. The rest was too urban for my liking.
Although there were quite a few road crossings, there wasn't much traffic to worry about. Enjoyed the out and back immensely.
This was a wonderful ride, we took our 7 year old twins with their bikes as well and we all found this an easy trail. We started mid-way at the train display and rode til be got to the end at the river. It was beautiful with a nice deck at the rivers edge where we had our picnic lunch.
There are restrooms mid-way at the Depot Park and again at the end at the river.
At the electric substation on Miccosukee Rd near Blair Stone Rd, there is a sign at the start of an asphalt trail along side the electric power line right of way that goes to Mahan. The sign says Goose Pond Trail but the map on TrailLink for Goose Pond Trail does not match the trail beginning at the Goose Pond Trail sign on Micosukee Rd. Are the 2 trails supposed to be linked somehow?
I lived in this town my first year out of college and rode my bike out in the country. This trail was not here then . I was surprised at how ruff some parts were in my velomobile but the starts and stops were many in town. After you get out of town it was a nice ride. Only saw one other rider in the whole time on the trail.
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