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#38 of 179 state parks in Florida

Best trails in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,076 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(850) 487-4556
Helpful links
Top trails (3)
#1 - Maclay State Gardens
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
Macclay is a very pleasant in town escape from the hustle and bustle of Tallahassee traffic. The trails are well-marked for bi-peds and cycles. If you are early or late you may even cross paths withShow more
#2 - Lake Overstreet Trail at Maclay Gardens
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Forest Meadows trail access is off Meridian Road just south of Miller Landing Road. Popular shared use trail with a fair amount of hikers. A few areas with fairly long and steep uphill climbs. There iShow more
#3 - Ravine Trail at Maclay Gardens
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 53 m
Ravine Trail at Maclay Gardens is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tallahassee, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activitShow more