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The Capital City to the Sea Trails system will link Tallahassee to small towns along Florida's Gulf Coast, via a series of connected trails in Wakulla and Leon Counties - when complete, a 120 mile loop. We report on the 4 individual trails that make up this vision: Coastal Trail, GF&A Trail, Ochlockonee Bay Trail, and Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, one of Florida's first paved rail-trails. (Trail links & map below.)
Capital City to the Sea Trails Overview Map
Trails in System: 4 individual trails (links below, each trail now with its own report, map, photos).
Location: Leon County, Wakulla County, Florida
Mileage: 120 total when complete.
Surface: mostly paved asphalt.
Nearby Points of Interest: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks Lighthouse, Wakulla Springs, Panacea, Mashes Sands, Sopchoppy, and Tallahassee
Coastal Trail - Partially complete, the trail parallels US 98 and will eventually connect to the Ochlockonee Bay Trail at Surf Road. A 12-mile section from the St. Marks Trail west to US 319 (across from Wakulla High School) is now complete. Further construction is scheduled in 2020 and beyond. Road bikers will find long straightaways and typically few others on this trail.
GF&A Trail - affectionately referred to as the "Gopher, Frog & Alligator Trail," the GF&A runs along the route of the former Georgia, Florida & Alabama Railroad. Running through the Apalachicola National Forest, only a 2.5 mile paved section has been completed - envisioned as part of a 52-mile trail from Tallahassee to Sopchoppy.
Ochlockonee Bay Trail - There are two distinct sections of this trail; (1) along side Surf Road from the tiny town of Sopchoppy, southeast through a portion of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, to US 98 (about 10 miles), and (2) along side Mashes Sands Road, Mash Island, east of US 98 to the Gulf (about 2.5 miles, with a short on-road gap).
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 Tallahassee, plus a 4 mile link into downtown Tallahassee.
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