Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, true to its name, connects Florida’s capital with the tiny town of St. Marks. The path is composed of asphalt, and it runs for 16 miles through calm, scenic forests, following the route of an old railroad that was converted into the trail. It is a popular destination among locals and visitors because of its scenic setting, opportunities for wildlife viewing, well-maintained state, and of course, the beautiful Florida weather that makes you want to go outside. More importantly, the trail welcomes furry friends who want to come along for a walk or hike!
If you’re hiking Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail with your dog, a good place to begin is at the main trailhead in the northern section of the trail that connects to Tallahassee. The first stretch of trail has five restroom stops, three water fountain stops, and two picnic areas. If you continue on, you will pass through Wakulla County, where you will find Wakulla Station Trailhead. This waypoint has a playground, picnic area, water fountain, and restroom station. Note that between this trailhead and the southern end of the trail in St. Marks, there is only one more restroom stop and no more water fountains. The trail ends at the St. Marks River Trailhead, which is set on the scenic river of the same name. You can also begin your hike at this point instead, as there is parking available here.
When you are visiting any trail, it is always important to abide by trail rules. Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail requires pooches to stay on their leashes at all times, and make sure you bring some bags to clean up after your canine companion as well.
You’ll be glad you decided to visit this beautiful, shaded, sunshine-state trail with your dog; it is one of the best trails in northern Florida!