Recreational & Family - Tallahassee - St. Marks Railroad State Trail - Ride Report
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03-19-07, 08:54 PM
I originally posted with too many pictures causing them to be presented as links. Monogodo graciously corrected that for me.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did the ride.
03-20-07, 06:18 AM
[EDIT NOTE: Don't know why but the pictures are not coming up. I used the window where one enters the picture's "http" but as you can see they come as links not pictures. My apologies.
Any help appreciated!]
I hope it's OK to repeat a post you've done at another forum . . . if, not, moderator delete.
This trail is easy, essentially no hills, hardly any curves. Great for a family outing if everyone in the family can take it in the seat. It's about 16 miles one way. I do the trail while my wife shops in Tally.
Historical sign at the Tallahassee trailhead showing part of the original railway
The Tallahassee - St. Marks State Trail was the first rail to trail project in the state of Florida. Leaving the busy Florida capital you'll end up in the sleepy little coastal town of St. Marks at the junction of the Wakulla and St. Marks rivers. A round trip will add about 32-33 miles on your speedometer.
Typical trail scenes
A two lane dirt trail to . . . where.
As you can see it is a mostly straight flat paved trail with an accompanying horse trail along side that ventures onto the main trail at intermittant but very brief intervals. I haven't seen any horse poop so horses must be rare.
Public facilities for water and bathroom breaks are available and reasonably clean.
A ballpark with facilities.
Arrival in St. Marks provides a nice break during the ride. If you're a newbie and still breaking in your rear end you'll appreciate it.
There are a couple of small redneck looking restaurants near the water and another nicer one just a few blocks north. I've never eaten in any of them so I can't comment on the food.
Eatin' places near the water.
If you've been to St. Marks and eaten seafood chances are you were at Posey's. It, too, looked redneck and was famous. That's right, I said was. Sadly, Posey's was flooded during a hurricane and is no longer with us :sad: . I've had some very good meals at Posey's.
03-20-07, 06:19 AM
We're limited to 10 pics per post, so here are the other 8:
Here's all that remains.
There's some pretty scenery in St. Marks.
As you can see this is old Florida. I did, however, see a three or four story highrise residence going up so this may be changing. :(
The junction of the St. Marks and Wakulla rivers provided a strategic site for multiple forts over the centuries.
Here is an artist's rendition of what one of the earliest forts may have looked like. This is looking south toward the gulf. St. Marks grew up about a half mile east (left) of this site.
You can easily spend 30 minutes to an hour looking at the ruins and exhibits.
You'll find some interesting stuff, here.
All in all a very laid back easy to do trail. Dogs have never been a problem for me. I see'em in a yard or two but not loose (so far). Later in the afternoon you'll people out walking, cycling or rollerblading. Most are not going the full distance. You will see the occasional Tally rider zooming through pounding out some miles.
There is also the Munson Hills Offroad Trail just south of the Tallahassee trailhead. It's about 7-8 miles of rolling terrain. I'll have to get out the old Rockhopper and report back
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