In addition to being Florida's capital city, Tallahassee is an outdoor town, with thousands of acres of natural lands surrounding the city just waiting for exploration.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Blooming season at Maclay Gardens

In late winter, azaleas create ribbons of bright color beneath the live oak canopy across the grounds of Maclay Gardens, a series of formal gardens along the hillsides sweeping down to Lake Hall.


Apalachicola waterfront

Around Apalachicola, the “Forgotten Coast” is dotted with parks, forests, and refuges along US 98 and the barrier islands, none of which are easily accessed from Tallahassee or Panama City.

Apalachicola National Forest

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The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest National Forest in Florida, sweeping around the southern edge of Tallahassee. It is noted for its botanical beauty.

Apalachicola River

Apalachicola River

There is something magical about the Apalachicola River, surrounded by deeply folded ravines at its upper end and wet pine flatwoods farther south, home to unusual plant species along its length.



A small town along the Florida Trail, Blountstown got its start as a destination along the Apalachicola River. It is the seat of Calhoun County.

Butler Mill Trail

Butler Mill Trail

Lake Jackson Mounds is best known for being one of the largest ceremonial temple mound complexes in the Southeast, but it offers a cool, shady nature trail, too