Tallahassee - St. Mark Trail History
The Tallahassee - St. Marks railroad was active longer than any other in Florida, operating for 146 years, from 1836 to 1983. The railroad stimulated the region’s development and settlement by transporting good, including cotton, turpentine and timber, to Apalachee Bay for shipment. During the Civil War, the railroad transported troops and material, playing a crucial role in the Confederacy’s victorious Battle of Natural Bridge in 1865.
Today, the paved Tallahassee - St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail provides a scenic experience for runners, walkers, bikers and inline skaters. Equestrian riders can enjoy the adjacent unpaved trail Approximately 1.25 miles south of the main trailhead, outdoor enthusiasts can bike or hike the Munson Hills Trail in the Apalachicola National Forest, where some of the area’s last remaining strands of long leaf pine exist.
At the southern end of the trail, you can enjoy seafood dining and entertainment in the coastal community of St. Marks and learn about the history of the area at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park.
- The trail length is 16 miles, paved, 8’ to 12’ wide and extension continues north of Capital Circle highway into the city of Tallahassee.
- Benches are conveniently located along the trail. An adjacent grass trail is available for equestrians.
Three Trailhead Locations
- 4478 Woodville Highway, Tallahassee, FL 32305
- 1358 Old Woodville Road, Crawfordville, FL 32327
- St. Marks River Trailhead located 25 Riverside Drive, St. Marks FL 32355