Piney Z Playground

Piney Z Playground

By Harry Smith

For obvious reasons, water sources have always played an important role for humans. It’s a source of survival and recreation alike, and Lake Piney Z is no different. The lake takes front and center stage to Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, located on the east side of Tallahassee. Here guests can enjoy many outdoor activities like biking, fishing, running/walking and kayaking/canoeing without ever leaving the city.

Lake Piney Z is a great location for fishing, whether from a boat or the bank. If you’re fishing from a boat, remember that it’s hand launch only with no gasoline motors. Kayak or canoe would be your best option. No watercraft? No problem! Piney Z offers multiple fishing “fingers” that extend out into the lake creating plenty of open shoreline for fishing. Enjoy catching bass, speckled perch, bream and even carp from a variety of locations. Here’s a tip, look for the fish attractors located within casting distance off a few of the fingers.

Piney Z is also a great area to enjoy the many miles of foot and pedal trails surrounding the lake. From shared use trails to mountain bike specific trails, you can find a route to suit your needs. The shared use trail is a beginner trail that is suitable for walkers, joggers, leisure cyclists and more. Abide by the trail rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for all. The Cadillac trail is specifically designed for mountain bikers of all skill levels. Be sure to keep an eye on the trail markers that notify you of the level of difficulty each section offers, from easy to expert.

Paddle enthusiast? Piney Z provides paddling trails through cypress swamps and lily pads with amazing scenery giving the feeling of being out in the wilderness, all while still in town. Enjoy wildlife viewing as you meander along the dense vegetation. Alligators, Ospreys, Red-Shouldered hawks and owls are common sights along this beautiful lake.

No matter your leisure activity of choice or your skill level, Piney Z lake, located within Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, is surrounded with a day’s worth of family fun! Pack a lunch, grab the fishing poles, kayaks, bicycles and enjoy a day in Tallahassee’s backyard.

Harry Smith


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