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Blackwater Heritage State Trail (Military Heritage Trail) - The western-most rail trail in Florida. Rural, the trail is only lightly shaded. There are no water or refreshments other than at Milton so be sure to bring your own. At Whiting Trailhead, the trail links with the U.S. Navy's Military Heritage Trail and continues another 1.5 miles to the entrance to Whiting Field Naval Air Station. (Latest update: Oct. 2015)

Location: Milton (Santa Rosa County) (See map )
End Points: Milton to Whiting Field Naval Air Station
Mileage: 8.5 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 12'; equestrian unpaved trail parallels a portion of the paved trail.
Nearby points of interest: Blackwater River State Park

More information:
Florida State Parks - Blackwater Heritage Trail


Blountstown Greenway Trail - The trail follows the route of the former Marianna and Blountstown (M&B) Railroad, a train exhibit is along the trail in downtown Blountstown. The pleasant, well-shaded trail crosses several streets, but traffic is light and crossings are well marked. An underpass at busy route 20 is a plus. Benches and fitness stations are located along the trail, Neal Landing on the Apalachicola River is a great picnic spot. (Reported: May 2013)

Location: Blountstown (Calhoun County) (See map )
End Points: Sam Atkins Park to Neal Landing along the Apalachicola River, a spur path runs north to CR 17 and 11th Street. A portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail runs along the Greenway path.
Mileage: 4 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Panhandle Pioneer Settlement

More Information:
City of Blountstown - Greenway Trail


Loggerhead Run Bike Trail - Eight-mile trail on Cape San Blas that runs from St. Joseph Peninsula State Park to Salinas Park along Hwy 30E (Cape San Blas Road). The State Park roads are bikeable, too. Access to parks and beach, food; between Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay. No shade. (Reported: May 2016)

Location: Gulf County (See map )
End Points: Salinas Park to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Cape San Blas
Mileage: 8 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest:
Apalachicola, Port St. Joe
Support and Advocacy: Friends of St. Joseph State Parks

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Happy Ours Kayak and Bike Outpost

More Information:
Gulf County Trails
Florida State Parks - St. Joseph Peninsula State Park


St. George Island - St. George Island is a 22 mile long barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay. Biking is available on the 6-mile paved bike path, unshaded. An additional 9 miles of biking is available at St. George Island State Park, including 5 miles is in a sensitive environmental area (permit needed). (Reported: May 2016)

Location: Franklin County (See map )
End Points: West 12th Street to St. George Island State Park; parking at St. George Island Lighthouse
Mileage: 6 miles
Surface: Asphalt, concrete
Nearby points of interest: Apalachicola, St. George Island Lighthouse

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Jolly Roger Beach Shop
Island Adventures

More Information:
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce - St. George Island
Florida State Parks - St. George Island State Park

St. George Island Bike Path

The 6-mile paved trail runs along Gulf Blvd. from W. 12th Street to the entrance to St. George Island State Park. The trail provides easy access to the island's famous beaches.

St. George Island State Park

This State park has parking, restrooms, playground, beaches, two boat/kayak launches, fishing, hiking, camping... and some spectacular sand dune "mountains."


Timpoochee Trail - Trail follows the length of CR30A southeast of Fort Walton Beach along the Gulf of Mexico, through South Walton County beach communities, near several state parks, with beach access and views of sand dunes. The coastal dune lakes are rare, they only occur in five locations around the world. (Reported: May 2012)

Location: Walton County (See map )
End Points: CR30A, Dune Allen Beach to Inlet Beach
Mileage: 19 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 8'-12'
Nearby points of interest: Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Eden Gardens State Park, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
30A Bike Rentals (Santa Rosa Beach)
Reef Beach Service & Rentals (Seagrove Beach)

More Information:
Visit South Walton-Timpoochee Trail

 
 

Capital City to the Sea Trails

The Capital City to the Sea Trails system will link Tallahassee to the Gulf Coast via a series of connected trails in Wakulla and Leon Counties - when completed, totaling 120 miles. Some trails we visited that are completed or under construction are: Coastal Trail, GF&A Trail, Ochlockonee Bay Trail, and Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Rail Trail. See details on each, below.

Nearby Points of Interest: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks Lighthouse, Wakulla Springs, Panacea, Mashes Sands, Sopchoppy, and Tallahassee

More Information:
Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency - Capital City to the Sea Trails


Coastal Trail - The trail will follow US 98 from the St. Marks Trail to the Ochlockonee Bay Trail at Surf Road. The section from the St. Marks Trail to Wakulla High School is under construction and scheduled to open in mid-2018. Further construction is schedled in 2020 and beyond (see map). We visited the section from Wakulla High School to Wildwood Drive which is essentially complete - though technically not yet open, people were walking and biking on it. Other segments appear to be finished, while others are still under construciton. Though paralleling US 98, there is a wide buffer along most of the sections we observed. (Reported: April 2018)

Location: Wakulla County (See map )
End Points: Segment 1: St. Marks Trail to Wakulla High School; Segment 2 (future): Wakulla High School to Surf Road; Segment 3 (future): St. Marks Trail to Lighthouse Road
Mileage: 12 miles, 25 when completed (one-way)
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: St. Marks Lighthouse, Wakulla Springs, Mashes Sands Beach, Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

More Information:
Capital City to the Sea Trails - Coastal Trail
Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency - Coastal Trail


GF&A Trail - The path is on the route of the former Georgia, Florida & Alabama Railroad, but today commonly called the Gopher, Frog and Alligator Trail. Running through Apalachicola National Forest, a 2.5 mile paved section has been completed - envisioned in the future as part of a 52-mile trail from Tallahassee to Sopchoppy. Trout Lake Park is the main trailhead, with parking, restrooms, picnic and fishing. At the Helen Trailhead on FR 354 is dirt parking only, or there's a small dirt parking area at trail end on Helen Guard Station Road. The first mile of the trail is wooded before crossing and then running along Springhill Road - but sufficiently off the quiet road to maintain a serene feeling. (Reported: April 2018)

Location: Apalachicola National Forest (Leon County) (See map )
End Points: Trout Lake Park to Helen Guard Station Road
Mileage: 2.5 miles (one-way)
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Apalachicola National Forest

More Information:
USDA Forest Service - Apalachicola National Forest - GF&A Trail


Ocklockonee Bay Trail - There are two distinct sections to the trail, from Sopchoppy along Surf Road through St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to US 98 (about 10 miles), and along Mashes Sands Road on Mash Island east of US 98 (about 2.5 miles). (Reported:April 2018)

Location: Panacea (Wakulla County) (See map )
End Points: Mashes Sands Beach to Sopchoppy
Mileage: 12.5 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Mashes Sands Beach, Sopchoppy

More Information:
Wakulla County - Ochlockonee Bay Trail Map


Sopchoppy to US 98 - Starting at Sopchoppy, the trail runs along the roadside to Surf Road. On Surf Road, it soon enters the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and though still along the roadside this is a scenic ride including some boardwalks. At about 7 miles, it reaches Ochlockonee Bay but far enough away to have only an occasional glimpse. At the intersection of US 98, a trailhead was under construction when we visited.


Mash Island - Crossing US 98, the trail ends at the Tide Creek bridge and follows the roadway over the bridge, becoming a separate trail again over the bridge. The trail along Mash Sands Road is scenic with marsh views on one side and glimpses of the Bay on the other, a negative is that it's right along the roadway with no buffer. The trail enters Mashes Sands Park and ends at the boat ramp, where there's a large sandy lot with paid parking. Rather, continue along the road to the trailhead. Past the trailhead, ride on the road to Mashes Sands Beach - a hidden gem we really enjoyed.


Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail - On the bed of Florida's first chartered rail line, this is also the oldest rail-trail in Florida, having opened in 1988. Trail runs 16 miles between St. Mark's and Tallahasee, plus a 4 mile link into downtown Tallahassee. We found the 7 miles from St. Mark's to Wakulla Trailhead most pleasant - off-road and shaded. (Reported: May 2012)

Location: Leon and Wakulla Counties (See map )
End Points: Tallahassee (SR 262 & SR 363) to end of SR 363 at St. Marks River.
Mileage: 20 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 8-12'
Nearby points of interest: Florida State University, St. Marks Lighthouse, San Marcos de Apalache Historic Site, St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge
Support and Advocacy: Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

More Information:
Florida State Parks - Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail



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