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Skating the Tallahassee St. Marks Trail
Northern Gulf Coast of Florida, United States

By Kathie Fry

Skating the Tallahassee
	St. Marks Trail in Florida
Skating from Tallahassee to the Gulf Coast of Florida

The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail State Park is located in the northern panhandle region of Florida, and it runs from Tallahassee in the north to the town of St. Marks on the Gulf Coast of Florida in the South.

Trail Length: 16 miles
Width: 8 feet wide (3.5 miles is 12 feet wide)
Surface: Paved with Asphalt
Route: Point to Point
County: Leon and Wakulla Counties
Nearest Towns: Tallahassee and St. Marks

The trail first opened in 1988 and it was built in the bed of the abandoned Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad Line. It begins near the city of Tallahassee, runs past the town of Woodville and the Apalachicola National Forest, and ends in St. Marks near the gulf coast, where the St. Marks River and Wakulla rivers come together. The trail has an adjacent horse trail, and the southern two mile segment is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, which continues across the St. Mark's River to Port Leon and beyond (the Florida National Scenic Trail is a long-distance hiking trail that will someday extend from the far northwestern end of florida to the tip of southern Florida.

Skating the Tallahassee
	St. Marks Trail in Florida
Skaters at the north trailhead near Tallahassee

From the Florida State Parks Service:
From Katheryn Mears, Florida State Park Services Specialist: "The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail State Park is 16 miles long. The trailhead is on the south end of Tallahassee, Florida, and the terminus is in the city of St. Marks, Florida. The trail is very flat with only a slight decline in elevation as one travels towards St. Marks. Some parts of the trail have a canopy of trees for shade, other segments are quite sunny. Terrain varies from pine flatwoods on the northern end, to marshy on the southern end. Restrooms with water fountains are provided at the trailhead and at the midpoint, commonly referred to as Wakulla Station. There is also a water fountain at 3.5 miles from the trailhead. The St. Marks end of the trail offers local restaurants and stores for food and beverages. San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park is located at the confluence of the two rivers, and provides the opportunity to learn about the vast history of this area."

Tallahassee/St.Marks Trail State Park
1022 Desoto Park Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-922-6007

From Other Web Sites
State.fl.us - Trail Description and Map
FloridaStateParks.org - Trail Description
FunAndSun.com - Trail Description
BigRing.com - Trail History

Visitor's Guide to the Area

Interesting Places to Stay
Calhoun Street Inn, Tallahassee
Historic Wakulla Springs Lodge
Sweet Magnolia Inn, St. Marks

Attractions Near Tallahassee
Introduction to Tallahassee
Natural Bride Battlefield Historic State Park
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaelogical State Park
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Lake Talquin State Park

Attractions Near Wakulla
Wakulla Springs
Wakulla Springs State Park

Attractions Near St. Marks
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park
St. Marks Lighthouse
Apalachicola National Forest
Map of the St. Marks Area

More About Travel in this Area
Florida Capital Region Visitor's Guide
Wakulla County Visitor's Guide
Map of Florida

Florida Trail Books at Amazon.com
Florida's Paved Bike Trails
Rails to Trails Florida
Index to Florida Travel Books

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