Monday, April 20, 2009

Biking Florida's Tallahassee - St. Marks Trail

The Tallahassee - St.Marks Historic Railroad State Trail was Florida's first designated state trail and follows the abandoned railbed of the old Tallahassee - St. Marks Railroad which operated for 147 years (1836 to 1983.)

The paved trail (above) runs for 16 miles to the coastal community of St. Marks, and an unpaved equestrian trail (below) runs adjacent to it.

A parking area and full-service trailhead -- parking, washrooms, maps -- is available south of Tallahassee on Monroe Street/Woodville Highway/State Route 363, just south of Capital Circle (US Highway 319.) Mountain bikers can park here, bike the paved trail a mile south, and reach the start of the Munson Hills Mountain Bike Trails of the Apalachicola National Forest.

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