St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: No
Park Size: Small
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

St. Mark’s Historic Railroad Site Trail in Tallahassee is 2.5 miles long and runs from the capital city to St. Mark’s. The historical railroad was once used as a corridor to carry cotton from the plantation belt to the coast so that they can be moved to the textile mills in England, as well as New England. 

It is officially part of Florida’s Greenways and Trail System and has been designated as a National Recreation Trail. It was the first rail-trail in Florida’s system of trails and greenways to be paved. It boasts of a scenic experience of bicycling, walking, running, and skating. Horseback riding is another activity on the nearby unpaved trail.

Pet parents who would like to hike with their furbaby at the St. Mark’s Historic Railroad Site Trail can start at the Capital Circle Trailhead. Going 4.5 miles will take you within several blocks of Florida State University and the Stadium Drive Bikepath. The area is frequently used by students to access the University. 

However, there are no facilities in this section. You will see businesses located nearby the trail. The first few miles of the trailhead can be a bit crowded, especially on the weekends, so do remember proper trail etiquette and have a good time along with other visitors. Those who are on their mountain bike might want to consider turning into Munson Hills Off-Road Trail. 

The loop system can get sandy during summer months, but the remote area and the scenic trails make it all worth it. The appealing corridor of the trail passes underneath towering stands of longleaf pine as it runs through part of the Apalachicola National Forest, winding through quiet rural communities with a park, playground and picnic areas with tables. 

The trail at the St. Mark’s Historic Railroad Site Trail received a much-needed change in 2001 when it was widened to twelve feet. Access and parking are available at Woodsville Sports Complex, but it can get a little challenging to find space on weekends when most people go to the site.

Address
1358 Old Woodville Road
Crawfordville, FL 32327
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Address
1358 Old Woodville Road
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset