Explore the most popular lake trails near Tallahassee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked all 3 loops in middle Sept. It took 3 hours you have to watch your step. Lots of sticks and leaves on trail. keep on eye on the orange blazes. I ran into a deer and 2 raccoons on trail. No snakes this time. There is a little elevation on the hike but not much
. A little mud and slippery bridges. I would recommend for a private training hike.

Very new to hiking/exploring so this is from a beginner. The park would be amazing if it were maintained better and had better markings.

Beautiful walking trail and amazing mountain bike trail! My favorite scenic spot inside of Tallahassee. Lake Piney Z and Lake Lafayette are good for paddling too if the water isn't too low. Ospreys and Limpkin can be spotted here.

on Phipps Park

1 month ago

Two good loops - east and west. They offer different experiences. West offers a lake view, east is more wooded. Both are well marked and mildly challenging.

nicely created and pretty park but ZERO shade.

Short but nice little trail, I brought my puppy and she was able to hike it no problem. Also has a fenced in dog area where she was able to run around without the leash. I’d recommend going early before it gets busy, especially if you’re bringing a dog.

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

This is a good trail if you want to go out for a walk, but if you're trying to get "in nature," I would pass. Part of the trail has you basically walking through the backyards of homes in a subdivision. Otherwise, the lake at the end is gorgeous and there was cool wildlife out there.

2 months ago

Great series of connected bikes trails running from Weems Road east past the lakes, up through the heavily wooded hills and even across lakes to Billy’s Trail and Alford Greenway. Very diverse topography, and lots to see. There is truly something for everyone on this trail system! It’s one of my “go to” bike trails for a good work out and beautiful scenery. Easy to moderate.

on Phipps Park

2 months ago

Nice open trails with a lot to choose from. The West Loop is nice with a view of Lake Jackson. The East Loop is more in the woods. Easy to moderate trails. Good diversity.

Gorgeous trail!

walking
3 months ago

We ended up walking a little over 6 miles because we got a little lost. Definitely plan to return again.

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

3 months ago

Short loop around wooded lake. Fair trail conditions, but nice refreshing lake to use after you’re done!

Great walking trail. This trail has several photogenic locations if you cross the lake and walk to the wooden bridge over the railroad tracks. I went during mid-spring and the lighting and greenery were simply amazing.

Relaxing trail great for running.

Nice easy hike. Don't let the deers scare you when they jump out. All 3 trails combine for 9 miles and is a nice 3 hour hike.

My favorite trail in Tallahassee. The dog loves it too. Usually not busy, great views of the lake.

on Munson Hills Trail

7 months ago

Great moderate trail, few roots and marginal elevation rises. My wife and I love the open pine forest terrain!

backpacking
7 months ago

A hidden gem close to Tallahassee. Very well blazed orange loop. Backpacking the outer loop will give you a moderate 4.5 miles in and 4.5 miles out., if you camp on the site on the center loop. The primitive camp sites are on Lake Talquin and do not have any facilities, but do have a fire ring and a bench. You can easily hike in after lunch and out by lunch the next day. The trail is a moderate or easy/rolling loop with lots of short bridge crossings over streams. Plenty of places to purify water if needed but the hike is short enough that you can carry enough water to get in and out.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trails. Plenty of options as far as routes and difficulty

hiking
8 months ago

We love taking our dog to this park and we hike here often. I would not rate any of the trails as moderate, however.

Great trail! Feels like you are way out in the woods even though you are in town.

trail running
8 months ago

Very nice Trail - few technical areas. Not much elevation changes. Great views of the lake.

Easy, well-taken care of trail around two lakes lakes. Had a nice slow walk looking at some wildlife and interesting mushrooms. Not too spidery although it is December. There is a beach and picnic area that is a pretty peaceful place to hangout. I'll definitely be back in the warmer months to swim.

hiking
9 months ago

Based on previous reviews I was a bit nervous since I was hiking it alone. I found the maps at the trailhead helpful and comforting. There are clear distinctions between foot and equine with some crossover. Choosing the central loop for a day hike I took east entrance. Quiet and well marked that is until I approached the primitive campground sign. I lost the trail here and was definitely anxious over that. I have to assume the hurricane season has had some effect, three uprooted trees seen. Departing the primitive site, which was a quite lovely view of the lake with a fire ring and picnic table, I lost the trail again. Fortunately the equine trail crossing helped me pick it back up. Saw four white tailed deer frolicking. Equine trails were rather busy.

Nice and fast

No trees

hiking
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

A lovely trail. I did take the advice of Charles a previous Writer. At about 1.3 miles I got a little confused, and could not see the orange signs on the trees. So I decided to turn around and go back even though I really was about halfway through the trail. Call good. glad I did. When I turned around I was totally in the forest as Charles described. I took a few moments to the deep breath found a little creekthat I've been walking the sides and found my way back. To the trail. Did I mention it was starting to rain? So lovely trail I wish I'd seen the lake but there's always next time. There are lots of ups and downs and little
Bridges.

trail running
Friday, August 11, 2017

What's laid out here in red is the Equestrian trail, not the hiking trail. I was alternating at the intersections for the first 4 miles of the East Loop. I started too late, and my ego got the better of me...I figured I would run the trail, but frequent stops for clearing orb weaver webs slowed me down. Also, in the last 1/2 mile or so before looping back to the central trunk, the trail disappears. There are paint blazes all over most of the trail...but they fade out and disappear toward the end.

Combine the failing light, a lost trail, and a low cell phone battery from checking the app too much to get back ON trail, and I had to make a judgment call...being inexperienced with Florida bush, I stopped where I was, and called the sheriff. An hour later, I saw their flashlight! I was less than a half mile from the trailhead, but in the dark, with no bearings, I could just as easily have gone deeper into the woods.

In town on a business trip, I did not have my usual pack, and foolishly assumed a relatively flat Florida trail would be a cinch for an Arizonan! Turned out to be a very humbling experience for an experienced desert and mountain hiker. And very unexpected on a suburban trail so close to two roads. It goes to show that either I'm a moron, or that it can happen to anyone...Or both! LOL!

Taking it in from the safety of my hotel room now, the trail was nice, and had I not run out of light, I am sure I would have gotten out without help. There is no doubt the late parts of the East Loop need some maintenance, but there is not enough maintenance in the world to offset poor assumptions when it comes to the outdoors.

Don't start too late in the day! And NEVER underestimate a dense forest! Also, big shout out to Leon County Deputies Derek and Torrance, Gadsden County 911, and Abdul at Consolidated Dispatch!

Side note: If you do get into trouble, turns out cells ping off a Gadsden County tower, even though the trail is in Leon County...Be sure to tell the 911 operator that you are in Leon County!

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