With Florida’s largest national forest, the Apalachicola National Forest, to its west and vast acreage protected in state and federal lands in Wakulla County to its south, Tallahassee is one of Florida’s premiere destinations for access to a broad range of outdoor adventures.
As Florida’s center of state government, building connectivity around Tallahassee has been high on the agenda for state agencies. It’s possible to jump on a bike within sight of the Capitol in Cascades Park and ride all the way down to the Gulf Coast at St. Marks via the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail while staying on paved bike paths. Off-road cyclists can quickly access the Apalachicola National Forest for rides in Munson Hills.
Within city limits, both Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park and nearby Alfred Maclay Gardens State Park have rugged ravines for hikers and cyclists to traverse. Gentler trails can be found in parks and gardens throughout the urban core, but they still provide a workout: Tallahassee is Florida’s hilliest city.
Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
When you live in a tightly packed space, you need somewhere green as your go-to place nearby. These are our top picks for parks in Florida’s urban areas, chosen for their diversity of outdoor activities and/or their unique green spaces.