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When the new Orchard Pond Parkway was built and opened, the old Orchard Pond Road was closed to vehicular traffic and converted into a recreational trail for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The country road served as an east-west connector in the north part of Leon County near Tallahassee, but thanks to the new toll road, it was freed up to become a space for exercise and recreation. The trail is unpaved, with a combination of hardpacked earth, sand and some undergrowth. It is shrouded with trees but unfortunately, that's not enough to block out the din of traffic on the parallel parkway.
The trail is 3.5 miles from end-to-end, anchored by trailheads on both sides. It passes through private property so it's important to remain on the trail itself. There are modest inclines but it is an overall easy path, and wide enough to accommodate several people walking together.
There's parking at both ends. The west end parking is located at 5861 Orchard Pond Road and is accessed from Old Bainbridge Road. This parking area accommodates cars as well as horse trailers.
There's also an east trailhead with paved parking, but since it is accessed from the new parkway, you have to pay the toll to reach this trailhead.
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