By Cristi McKee
Tallahassee is abundant in gorgeous, woodsy, multi-use parks, with nearly every park in town lending itself to a unique activity which can be done there. Some offer places to canoe, others offer places to swim (any Florida resident knows that one most likely cannot swim and canoe in the same body of water due to alligators), while some parks are optimal for walking the dogs and kite-flying. Check out this list of 10 Tallahassee parks and get inspired about what you can do at them.
Lafayette Heritage Trail Park — Once compared to Gainesville’s Payne’s Prairie, this park offers walking and biking trails, accessible fishing piers, playgrounds, boating spots, and, most importantly, lots of parking. You can take your horse on a walk using the high-rise bridge, one special feature that Lafayette Heritage Trail Park is known for, jog on one of the many trails, or view wildlife on one of the islands.
Governor’s Park — Considered a “hidden gem,” this 200-acre greenway is a gorgeous expanse that is optimal for walking, picnicking or flying kites. Serene and quiet, Governor’s Park is one of several greenways in Tallahassee and is a great spot to relax at.
AJ Henry Park — Hidden away in the Killearn neighborhood area, this 72-acre park features a playground, picnicking facilities, walking, running, and hiking trails, open fields, and several sports courts. AJ Henry Park provides a getaway within walking distance of residents of Northeast Leon County.
Tom Brown Park — Known primarily for its sports facilities, Tom Brown Park also offers a wide variety of walking trails, mountain bike trails, and nature trails. With playgrounds, tennis courts, and a disc golf course, this park is family-oriented and a great spot for a variety of fun outdoor activities.
Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park — This lakefront park is optimal for walking, horseback riding, jogging, and mountain biking. Encapsulating the The Meadows Soccer Complex on Millers Landing Road, the woodsy and beautiful Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park is the city’s most expansive park.
Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway — This park is a Tallahassee staple, offering 6 miles of canopy trails and open expanses. With a main trail to walk on and areas to picnic and relax, the Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway is your destination for a hike you won’t forget.
Cascades Park — Now a Tallahassee staple, Cascades Park offers trails for biking, jogging, running, walking, and more, all of which are paved. Also featuring historical sights, like the Prime Meridian Plaza, the Smokey Hollow Commemoration, and Korean War Memorial, there are playgrounds for the kids and an interactive water fountain feature found here.
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park — This Florida state park is located right here in Tallahassee! With two independent trails to hike and areas to picnic at, Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park has six of the seven known earthen temple mounds, with two available for viewing. It also offers an ideal space for nature viewing, birdwatching, and exploring.
JR Alford Greenway — With over 800-acres of land, the JR Alford Greenway offers a spot for all hikers, equestrians, runners, and nature enthusiasts. A popular park for birdwatching, this greenway encompasses swamps, pastures, forests, and a lakefront setting.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park — Known as another Tallahassee staple, this Florida state park offers beautiful gardens, a lake that lends itself to kayaking and boating, and picturesque picnicking areas. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is a family-friendly expanse with nature trails and special events all throughout the year.