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Great for marathon roller blading. I would like to see the State of Florida add mile markers.
The trail is easy and fun for a family day out. However, the path may not be ideal for roller blades. Parts of the path might be wet or have sand/dirt across it. Having said all of that I would still go back, 1.3 mile trail is a great distance for rollerblades (we did a down and back twice)!
Overall surface in great shape. Saw only a few riding all day. If your looking for speed you can ramp it up pretty good on this straight shot to St. Marks. Just pay attention at 4-5 roads crossing the path along the way.
Rode this trail today. We parked off Suwannee St in Cascade Park., it was Friday but we found plenty of parking even though we were by the Water Park which was busy. First rode trail on side of Franklin St. and was thinking this is just a wide sidewalk. Quickly we were enjoying the ride though the neighborhood the gardens and landscape was beautiful and well groomed. We rode to Tennessee across from Leon High then turned back, there was a few road crossings but there were crosswalk lights. We passed back through the park and kept going to a nice trail bridge over Monroe and then followed FAMU Way on the trail. It did not end at Pinellas Circle so we kept going. Great views of the Capital, we passed some Canadian Geese who moved slowly from the trail. We kept going until we knew we were going south and went under Orange Ave. Then we realized we were on the Tall- St. Marks Trail. So the two trail do connect. We returned to our Van at the park and explored more and found the old Utilities Building is a beautiful restaurant Called The Edison. A great ride and a showcase trail for what a local city can do with its spaces and resources.
We biked the entire trail and back, from Sopchoppy to Mashes Sands Beach. Total distance was 24 miles round-trip and took us a leisurely 3 hours. Beautiful scenery along Surf Road and especially close to the marsh and beaches at the end of the trail. Stopped at Mashes Sands beach for a light lunch. Due to off-peak tourist season, the vehicle traffic wasn't a factor, especially when trying to cross Hwy 98. A must-ride for anyone staying in this beautiful area of the "Forgotten Coast" of north Florida.
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.
I rode this trail on Tuesday Oct 25, 2016. If there is parking in Sopchoppy, I couldn't find it. Just park at the boat ramp at the Mashes Sands end. There is a bathroom there, but that's it until you reach Sopchoppy. Leaving Mashes Sands, there are a few STOP signs on the trail, but not much traffic. You have to cross 98 after about a mile, but visibility was good at a well marked crossing. Then you will pedal your way out into the St. Marks Refuge which is very nice. Prescribed burning has kept the forest open and airy with mostly palmetto and pine. This is a woodsy trail, not a beachy trail! Traffic is very light on Surf road, and you will be there before you know it. I encountered no other pedestrians, and very few cars. There is one spot where you have to cross a short bridge while joining traffic, and you have to cross Surf Rd. twice (I think). I highly recommend this trail and will ride it again. Watch for bears!
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.
This trail has jumped to the top of my list of favorite bike trails!
Perhaps it was the peaceful rolling thru the wildlife refuge or crossing the many boardwalk bridges. Once I was lulled into the gentle woodland sounds I was then awakened by the delightful squeals of gulls and water fowl over the bay that has suddenly come into view.
Kept on rolling and came upon quiet sugar sand beaches.
There are wonderful Sea Food restaurants within a stones throw from this path.
I have already made plans to go back next year!
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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