The beautiful ornamental gardens are located on a portion of the park's 1,076 upland acres. The gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after purchasing the property for their winter home. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool, a walled garden and hundreds of azalea and camellia plants. Lake Hall offers swimming and fishing, along with non-motorized boating for canoers and kayakers. Pavilions and grills along the shore provide a perfect setting for picnicking. Two short nature trails through the woods overlooking the lake will enthrall walking enthusiasts, while hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can enjoy five miles of multi-use trails surrounding Lake Overstreet which adjoins the gardens. High blooming season is from January 1-April 30, peaking in mid-to-late March.

dog friendly, great lake views at the 2 photo-op spots

Really nice and beautiful garden!!!

Many of us run this trail very often, it's really varied with some hills, views of lakes and wildlife.

Great trail for running. Watch out for bikes!

good little loop

Great trail to run. Nice views. Saw a deer and just a nice run.

nice wide trail! Like all trails in Florida, bring bug spray! Great trail inside Tallahassee city limits!

Relaxing trail great for running.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Doing the whole loop-all trails on the park excluding bike loops-was very fun and a 6.5 mile walk. Very nice, well maintained trails. Not quite as secluded as I'd have liked, you can see houses and roads outside the park but it was still fantastic and great for beginners.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Beautiful trail. A lot of variation in terrain, elevation, and habitat. All of the trails (hiking, biking, equestrian) are very well marked and there are more facilities than other similar trails. And if you want to extend your walk, the Redbug trailhead is just across Meridian Rd to the southwest.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Maps and guides along the way, restrooms with rest area, picnic area. perfect

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Lovely! I have done it twice—once I saw an alligator eat a duck and the other one I saw two deers because it was late.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Great Fall walk ........ about 5 miles -Water along the way ... Parked at Forest Meadows and walked across Meridian Rd to start .......

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Nice trail! Not too many people and nice place to take dogs!

mountain biking
Sunday, August 05, 2012

There are two tracks the Double Track and the Single Track Trails. Double Track trails are a Multi-Use trail where runners, hikers and bikers share the track fairly easy. Single-Tracks are off road tracks for mountain bikers to ride single file these are a little more challenging, moderately.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My husband and I took this trail and really enjoyed it.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

We hiked this trail with my grandsons ages 4 & 5. There was so many things to keep them interested: a lake, an old cabin, picnic tables, box turtles and a large variety of wild flowers and other various fauna.

on Maclay State Gardens

mountain biking
Friday, August 26, 2011

My boys and I love to go biking, hiking, and kayaking here. They rent tandem kayaks so that I can bring one kid with me at a time. The bike trail is nice and the gardens are a nice walk. They have grills and a playground. The swimming area is okay as long as its not crowded. Overall, a great place to go!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Macclay hiking and bikng trails are available year round. Now is a great time to go. If you go early or really late without dogs and you are quiet, you can even get a glimpse of wildlife. Turkey and deer abound. Occasionally someone will bring a horse out to the trail, but that is rare. Buy a year round pass to save dollars.

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