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Raychel Gray reviewed Stoney Bayou Trail
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WalkingBugsNo shade

The trail was good. We didn’t follow the signs for this trail instead we followed the “all trails” trail. Saw an alligator, a snake, and plenty of bugs. Bring bug spray and I’d recommend to do this trail with a friend this trail can get you pretty up close to the wildlife.

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Joshua Bigley reviewed Levee Trail
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WalkingBugsOff trail

Actually went down beach behind lighthouse, not levee in other side. But loved it. Peaceful. Gentle lapping of gulf. Crabs scurrying everywhere. Dragonflies. Waterfowl. But flies very bity. Millions all over us. Had to flee. If not for the flies it would be a little paradise.

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Joshua Bigley reviewed Stoney Bayou Trail
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Walking

Walked down lever turned around. Alligators were biting. It was feeding time. Decided might not be a good idea. Several small gators in ditch. Fishermen throwing bread in water. At the fork, levee plowed with construction vehicle. Said road closed. We decided to turn down Stoney road. Marker said 5.5 miles. After a few hundred yards a crashing in the tall grasses and water made us turn back. Sounded like a big gator and was getting closer. Overall not impressed. St marks preserve is lovely by lighthouse and beach but the flies were feasting on me and they bite. My whole body covered in flies. Crabs scurrying in beach very cool.

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Cody Cohutta reviewed Stoney Bayou Pools Loop Trail
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HikingBugs

Great views and very remote/quiet. Half of loop was covered in medium hard tractor tracks. Biting flies were sometimes persistent, had to makeshift a headscarf. Good bird watching.

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Cody Cohutta reviewed Tower Pond Interpretive Trail
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Hiking

Picturesque and lots of great large bird watching. Very quiet at the midpoint of trail especially. Mosquitos and flies are relentless this time of year so be sure to cover up completely and use repellent.

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Cody Cohutta reviewed Levee Trail
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Hiking

Short and sweet. Good views of St. Mark’s lighthouse from a distance. A covered picnic table halfway and a bench or two.

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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOver grown

Trail was very overgrown, badly maintained. Trail had lots of bugs and had much more bugs than any of the other trails that I’ve done in Tallahassee. The trail has lots of grasshoppers (or some type of animal similar to grasshoppers). The trail’s grass was pretty high and the palm trees were brown and almost dead. I wouldn’t say that it’s worth it.

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Noah Royak reviewed Stoney Bayou Trail
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Hiking

Great trail! Saw several deer, hogs, and lots of crabs!

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Hiking

My wife and I picked the perfect day to hike this trail as the weather was just a bit overcast and cooler than expected making it a very enjoyable hike. The hike essentially follows a levee around a freshwater lake that is surrounded by the brackish waters nearby. We saw several alligators along the way but they were all out in the water and had not yet come up on shore to sun themselves. Most of them were not very big, about three to four feet long, but about three quarters of the way around we saw a very big one in the eight to ten foot range surrounded by smaller ones. My wife surmised it was a mother and her cubs. About that time, I saw her do something I have never seen an alligator do before; she arched her back, her tail came out of the water at a skewed angle and rose up out of the water. I thought it was strange behavior until I saw her head slap down on the water and realized she was angry and this was her way of warning us to move along quickly. We obliged her with all the haste our old legs could muster and nothing more came of the incident. Of course, we were never in any real danger as she was a good twenty feet from the shore and made no move in our direction. What she would have done if we loitered, I do not know, but she sure did put on a memorable display for us this morning.

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Justin Smith reviewed Tower Pond Interpretive Trail
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails in North Florida. A true hidden gem of St. Marks. Tons of native birds, milkweed, and wildflowers. Make sure to checkout the nearby lake gazebo from the parking lot. Note: Photo Blind in closed for nesting birds.

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Scott Ball reviewed Tower Pond Interpretive Trail
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HikingBugs

Easy trail. Always enjoyable. Lots of birds, raccoon tracks.

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Natalie Tamm reviewed Stoney Bayou Pools Loop Trail
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HikingBlowdownBugsFloodedMuddyOver grown

A wonderful hike with great rewards halfway through. I would recommend this as a moderate hike do to some water you have to walk through. Trail was overgrown when we walked it and had lots of ticks my wife got off me. In one spot we lost the trail somehow and ended up on a plowed fire break but shortly found our way back at a primitive camp site for the Florida Trail. It was pretty warm but a very rewarding hike. I've wanted to hit this trail for about 2 years now and glad I did.

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Hiking

Great for a simple walk in the woods, trail run or ruck. The trail is cleared out, by whatever 4x4 drive through here. I can see it would be very muddy and potentially flooded after a rain. But today was nice and shaded and just warm enough to break a good sweat. If you’re looking for an adventurous hike, this isn’t it. But there was peace and quiet with cheerful birds singing the whole time. Like I said, just a nice walk in the woods. I saw literally no one the entire 6 miles I was out.

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Hiking

This one definitely lived up to the hype. Beautiful. No ticks, even when I ventured off the beaten path.

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Hiking

Great easy hike; in early February it was well-maintained and having just finished I don’t think we’re covered in bugs. The first 2.5 miles are wide and then you link to the Florida trail which is narrow and more like a “real” hike- but still flat. The detour to see the spring is minuscule (couple hundred yards?) and definitely the highlight. There’s several different types of vegetation on different stretches. Parking/trail head is right where spring creek and shell point roads fork.

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Hiking

great trail. It's so friggin magical.

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Bugs

should have just doubled back through the forest issued of foing the loop. Doing that would have avoided a lot of the wide open dirt road. The ticks were pretty awful (found over a dozen on myself). Don't skimp on the spring, it's a small detour and adds so very much!

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Hiking

I love this trail destination. The Cathedral of Palms is like nothing else in Florida. NOTE: Take the first forest road to your left after starting on the Trail and follow the Florida Trail Orange Blazes on the trees. If you miss this road you will fall into a series of forks in the road, which if you choose the to go right will take you to a beautiful marsh, but you will miss the Cathedral of Palms. And yes, there are a lot of ticks here! I came back with 4. January 1st hike had very little water standing since we’ve had little rain. It actually made the trail much more enjoyable. I can’t imagine a mid-summer high wet season hike here. There is also a primitive camping area that requires a permit. Fires may be prohibited in the dry season.

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Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 24, 2019
HikingBugsOff trailOver grown

Trails are not consistently marked, very easy to get off trail or miss the connector. Trail not maintained. Ticks are HORRIBLE, even on the open trails that aren’t grassy.

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