Ten outdoors: Tallahassee green spaces supply recreation for all seasons | Living Here 2019
2020年欧冠赛程表There is a day in Tallahassee, around the middle of March, when everything turns green. As if tapped by a magic wand, the trees sprout leaves, the canopies of live oaks provide shade again, and Tallahassee’s green spaces beckon.
2020年欧冠赛程表But you don’t have to wait until spring to experience everything our city has to offer for recreation. There is a park for every season, and this top 10 list will keep you busy exploring trails, lakes, sports fields, and more. Check out our favorite places to play.
1. St. Mark's Trail
Known to local cyclists and runners as one of Tallahassee’s only respites from the rolling hills of our region, the St. Marks Trail was once a railroad used to carry cotton to the coast for shipment to points abroad. Now paved, it is part of Florida’s Greenways and Trails System and designated as a National Recreation Trail.
2020年欧冠赛程表The multi-use trail allows for running, walking, bicycling and rollerblading, with access to the Munson Hills/Twilight Mountain Bike Trails at the main trail head. Horseback riding is available on the adjacent unpaved trail.
The trail ends approximately 15 miles south of the trail head, in the coastal city of St. Marks. The Tallahassee-St. Marks State Trail is a completed section of the developing, 120-mile "Capital City to the Sea Loop" corridor and is a destination along the "Big Bend Scenic Byway."
2. Lake Overstreet
Once you’re on the trails at Lake Overstreet in Maclay Gardens State Park, the busy streets of Tallahassee seem further away than they are. The popular trails attract bicyclists, joggers, hikers, strollers, birdwatchers, and horseback riders and offer a variety of distances and terrain.
2020年欧冠赛程表After depositing a $2 donation in the honor box located at the main trail head, you’ll have four miles of moderately-trafficked trail to explore. Benches are positioned along the way where you can take in the beauty of the natural landscape, identify plants, and watch for birds. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
3. J. R. Alford Greenway
2020年欧冠赛程表Nestled in the lakes of Piney Z, the J.R. Alford Greenway offers more than 17 miles of multi-use trails on more than 800 acres of open pasture, forests, and waterways. Popular with runners, hikers, cyclists and horseback riders, the greenway is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Bring your binoculars; among the variety of birds common here are red-tailed hawks, wintering palm warblers, white-throated and grasshopper sparrows and eastern meadowlarks.
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4. Tom Brown Park
There is always something happening at Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee’s largest and most active regional park. The park’s amenities have something for everyone, with two multi-age playgrounds, 24 holes of disc golf, tennis and basketball courts, fields for baseball and softball, a newly-opened BMX track, and various trails for hiking, biking and jogging.
5. Lafayette Park
2020年欧冠赛程表Step into the Lafayette Arts and Crafts Center, located off Ingleside Drive in the midtown neighborhood of Lafayette Park, and you’ll know that you are in a place that has seen Tallahassee grow up. The community center, affectionately referred to as the “Sue,” in honor of its namesake Sue McCollum, has been serving the Tallahassee area for over 50 years. The center is a hub for art classes including pottery, stained glass, crochet, and drawing. In the summertime, arts and craft camps fill up quickly. Make a visit to the playground, one of the only in Tallahassee that includes a canopy for sunny days!
6. Lafayette Heritage Trail
2020年欧冠赛程表Not to be confused with Lafayette Park, the Lafayette Heritage Trail is located adjacent to Tom Brown Park, stretching from Weems Road to Chaires Cross Road. Enter the park at the east end of Heritage Park Blvd., where you will find picnic shelters, a trailhead and bike wash,and a small playground frequented by residents of the Piney Z neighborhoods.
Within the Park are the Cadillac Mountain Bike Trail, a multi-use trail, and a paddling trail suitable for kayaks and canoes. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash.
7. Goodwood Museum and Gardens
In the middle of Tallahassee, just off Miccosukee Road, is the Goodwood Museum and Gardens, an example of old Florida and a nod to Tallahassee’s rich history. Dating back to the 1830s, the Goodwood estate was once a 2,400-acre plantation. The main house has been restored and remains a popular setting for antique shows, small events, and live music. For the passerby, however, the sprawling and shaded grounds provide a sense of solitude in the middle of the city. Walk among the oaks, enjoy the heirloom plants, and take a peek into Tallahassee’s past.
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8. The Grove Museum
Don’t drive too fast on North Monroe Street or you may miss a relative newcomer to Tallahassee’s park scene: The Grove Museum. The 10.5-acre property includes the Call-Collins House, one of the best preserved antebellum residences in Florida. Built by enslaved craftsmen, the house underwent a rehabilitation in 2010 and opened to the public in 2017 as a museum; both the home and guided tours of the basement museum are open to the public. The grounds open Wednesday through Saturday, with tours of the house available Wednesday through Friday. Paved paths encircle the property offering space for a short lunchtime stroll.
9. Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park
A beautiful 670-acre park on the eastern shore of Lake Jackson, the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park is the city’s largest wild urban park. Home to the Meadows Soccer Complex on Millers Landing Road and the Meridian Park multi-use youth sports complex, the park is also a popular spot for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Part of the Florida Trail System, the Phipps Park Trail is made up of three loops, each increasing in difficulty and length. Give them a try and see if you can complete them all!
10. Lake Jackson Mounds
At the north end of Tallahassee, the Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park sits on land that was originally part of a large plantation and grist mill owned by Colonel Robert Butler, the nephew-in-law of Andrew Jackson and first Surveyor General of Florida. The remains of the 1800s grist mill can be seen now along the nature trail, which meanders through native trees and plants. A second interpretive trail travels through remnants of Florida’s Territorial Period and the park’s time as a plantation. The real showcase of this spot, however, are the six earthen temple mounds, with two available for viewing by the public. Guided tours are available upon request.
2020年欧冠赛程表Lace up your sneakers, dust off the bicycles sitting in the garage, and fill up a water bottle or two. Tallahassee’s parks are waiting!