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With hundreds of miles of trails to choose from, riders of all skills and experience levels can find the perfect fit. Here are a few rider-focused itineraries to help you make the most of your trip to Trailahassee.
Send It on Tallahassee’s Southside Trails
As you make your way towards the southern side of Tallahassee, you’ll notice the rolling hills give way to smooth and flowing landscapes and pine forests that lead to the Gulf of Mexico.
Situated in the heart of Tallahassee’s art district, Railroad Square, the Hyatt House is a great base for exploration. Dining, breweries, shopping and the lively vibe of the funky neighborhood is sure to entertain.
Tracing the route of Florida’s first and longest-operating railroad, the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail is a great option for a smooth start to your day. The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail runs 20.5 miles from downtown to the coastal community of St. Marks, and it offers multiple entry spots along the Apalachicola National Forest, giving cyclists access to several other trails extending off of the main paved St. Marks Trail. The main trailhead, Capital Circle Trailhead, is located on the west side of Route 363 (Woodville Highway), where trail users can find parking and restrooms.
At the main trailhead, there is also access to the Munson Hills/Twilight Mountain Bike Trails in the Apalachicola National Forest. Munson Hills is a non-technical trail that is a great option for beginning mountain bikers, while still offering a scenic and challenging ride for experienced bikers. The trail was recently revamped with red clay, making the terrain an easy ride for cyclists of all skill levels. The trail proceeds through an upland pine forest that is home to endangered wildlife including fox squirrels, red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, and coyote. Riders can choose the 7.5 mile Museum Loop or opt for the 14 mile Twilight Loop offering a scenic yet challenging ride through some of the most rolling terrain in the Apalachicola National Forest.
No biking trip to Tallahassee would be complete without a stop at Proof Brewing Co., the city’s largest brewery. After opening its doors in 2012, Proof is where guests can enjoy a modern yet intimate tasting room, expansive lawn, covered patio, private events room, and award-winning craft beer. The on-site Brewpub showcases an innovative Southern cuisine menu featuring shareable pub favorites with fresh, locally sourced items. Proof offers a wide variety of bold and flavorful beers in year-round and seasonal packaged cans to take home with you.
Explore Tallahassee’s East Side
When planning a biking trip to Tallahassee, where you stay is as important as where you ride. Having earned the designation of the first Bike Friendly Hotel in town, the Holiday Inn Tallahassee East Capitol – University offers riders a bike washing station, permission to keep bikes in guest rooms, and easy access to trails just outside the front door.
The east side of Tallahassee boasts some of the most popular trails in the area. Start your day on the Fern Trail for a nice warmup ride over to Tom Brown Park, home to the Cadillac Trail (East & West). Considered one of the area’s “must-ride” trails, Cadillac is an intermediate course with several options that fall into the expert realm. Whether you’re a technical expert or aspiring to be one, these carefully mapped trails offer challenging rides for multiple skill levels. More difficult sections are marked with a Black Diamond, or Double Black Diamond Symbol, and intermediate skill areas are marked with a Blue Square Symbol.
No trip to Tom Brown Park would be complete without a few heart-pounding laps on the Velosolutions® Pump Track. The thrilling 10,000 sq. ft. pump track is located in Tom Brown Park near the Magnolia Trail head. Designed by Velosolutions® this track features twists and turns and provides an exciting challenge to riders of all skill levels.
Cap off a day on the trails at the expansive beer garden at Ology, one of Tallahassee’s most unique breweries serving up sours, ales, lagers, as well as their own distilled spirits. Food trucks are often on site so be sure to bring your appetite!
Navigating Tallahassee’s Northeast Trails
With easy access from I-10, the northeast side of Tallahassee is the first stop for many visitors driving to the Capital City. Numerous national brand hotels are located at Exit 203 including Hampton Inn, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn.
Located in nearby Elinor Klapps-Phipps Park, the Red Bug Trail is a 5.5-mile single-track dirt trail for intermediate riders. This challenging off-road biking trail can be accessed from Meridian Park and from the Forestmeadows Athletic Center on North Meridian Road, about one mile north of Maclay Road. The trail is near town, but once inside, the dense foliage gives riders a sense of remoteness. What this trail lacks in mileage, it makes up for with plenty of natural scenery and just-rugged-enough terrain. Numerous animals make wildlife viewing easy, but keep your eyes on the trail, as the copious roots can cause a nasty fall. Considered an intermediate ride, the trail’s bounty of roots, rocks, and steep climbs make riders think that this trail is part of a much longer system.
If you’re in the mood for even more trails, there’s a connector trail that takes riders over to the Lake Overstreet Trails and Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. This incorporates three more miles of mountain biking trails and is well worth the trip.
Conveniently located close to the hotels and trails of northeast Tallahassee is Epic Bikes – one of the most popular bike shops in town. Owned and operated by people who are “helpful and crazy about cycling,” the expert staff will get you geared up for a day on
Be sure to check out their weekly group rides to get hands-on tips and tricks from some of the best riders in town.
Relive the action from your day with a round of drinks and a Cuban sandwich at Gordos – a Tallahassee dining institution since 1988. Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine, including the Media Noche, a sandwich named one of the best nine in Tallahassee, and the Gordo Smash, their signature rum punch.