The Muscogee Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Chattahoochee, Florida that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Muscogee Trail is one of the three trails making up The Chattahoochee Nature Trails System. The trail is little over a mile long but, offers a variety of terrain from a boardwalk over lowland to ravines and ridges along the Apalachicola River. The trailhead of the Muscogee trail is located at River Landing Park on the edge of the Apalachicola River. The trail is one of the three trails of the Chattahoochee Nature Trails System connecting with the Angus Gholson Nature Trail, and the Fitness Trail The trailhead is located behind the Indian mound at the edge of the Apalachicola River. The Muscogee crosses a lengthy boardwalk over a sometimes wet and swampy lowland and then follows the ridges and ravines along the Apalachicola River. Varieties of plants are in flower in almost every month of the year. Some of the plants found here are rare like the Torreya tree. Wildlife range from a variety of frogs to wild hogs.
With the temperature at 64 degrees and a clear sunny day, Wanda and I decided to see what we could find flowering on the Muscogee Trail today. We were not disappointed as we found an early flowering Florida violet, but the biggest surprise was a patch of flowering Trout lilies (see photo). This little short trail has a surprise waiting every time I hike it. If you are in the area it is well worth the short time it takes to walk the trail.
The trailhead of the Muscogee trail is located at River Landing Park and is one of the three trails making up the Chattahoochee Nature Trails. The trailhead is behind the Indian mound located at the edge of the Apalachicola River. The trailhead starts at a lengthy boardwalk over some now dry lowland. It is hard to believe the number and beauty of the ravines and ridges here in Florida. I stumbled up on a heard of wild hogs causing the hair on my neck to rise. We both went our own way in a hurry. This trail is in the Chattahoochee City Limits and the hogs were unexpected. A great place for a family hike.
Combing the trails of this system gave me a good two and a half mile hike. The trail is great for children due to the many different animals and flora. The ridges and ravines are not so steep that those out of shape will not enjoy the walk. There are several connecting trails cutting through the main trails so one could make the hike longer or shorter depending on preference. If you want to see the beauty of the ravines and ridges along the Apalachicola River this is the place.