I am always looking up parks in the area, because I like to try out new places. Someone asked me about parks in the area (shout out! thanks for the idea Kat!) This list is provided on the city of Tallahassee’s website, click here for more info. I also added a couple trails that I know about.
A.J. Henry Park -this park is located in the Killearn area. It is a smaller park, with a few trails. It also has a playground, and a lovely boardwalk around a large pond. The park can be quite busy with walkers, especially when it is warmer weather.
Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park-I have not been to this park before. The city describes it as: “Over 600 acres of pristine wetlands and trails in this beautiful park.” There is a park fee required for entrance, and it is located off of North Meridian road. This park is where the Red Hills Horse Trials are, so I’d be willing to bet that you may run into quite a few horses there.
Lafayette Heritage Trail Park- This park is absolutely beautiful! It is located in the Piney Z area. There are lots of different trails, with little outlets for fishing. There is a playground for kiddos. You will see LOTS of bikers, joggers, and dogs. It is a busy parked, so you are likely to not come across any loose dogs. (I mention this because I used to have a dog (my Basti) who was not a fan of other dogs, and it would usually ruin our outing when we ran into unleashed dogs!) If you can make it out to this park, I highly recommend it. It is SO pretty!
Miccosukee Greenway-I mentioned yesterday that I went to this set of trails on Saturday, with Chelsea (check out that post here!) There are a few entrances for this park. I use the one that is off of Fleischmann. These trails are popular with bikers, however I have been a handful of times and have never felt that I was in the way (like I do at Tom Brown!). There is also an open field that is nice (pictured below), with one little bench. The trails are very shaded, which is really nice for the summer!
Tom Brown Park -This is the largest park in Tallahassee, and has all kinds of things to check out! The park has an awesome main playground, as well as another smaller one. The park has many trails, some specifically for bikers. There is a paved path you can also walk/jog along, which runs alongside the train tracks. Of course, there is also the dog park. There is a little small fenced area for the smalls; and a bigger fenced area for the larger dogs (meaning not puppies or chihuahuas). The big part has a small plastic pool, a few benches, and lots of shady area. Just outside the fence is a hose where you can clean your dog off. Very nice since they can get quite dirty!
San Luis Mission Park-This is over on the Tharpe & Ocala St side of town. There is a large fenced in area for the dogs, no smaller area for the little ones though. There are also a few paths you can walk on. If you park near the restrooms, the dog park is just a little up the pathway. I have only been to this park a couple of times, and it was busy every time. I have also noticed loose dogs on the paths.
Maclay Gardens-This park is located near the Killearn, Thomasville Rd. area. There is a fee for entrance, including for pedestrians, bikers, and cars. The Gardens are gorgeous, especially in the Spring, as the flowers and trees are blooming. This park does allow horses, and also has a playground and an area for swimming. Dogs are only allowed in specific, designated areas, and must be on leash at all times.
There are definitely other parks and trails, many that I don’t know about yet. I am always looking for new places, especially ones that are much less busy. Lucy LOVES to run, so places where I can let her loose are the most fun for us. If you know of parks or trails in the area, please share!
Also, I highly recommend joining the Tallahassee Walkabulls for their pack walks. It is a good way to let your dog socialize in a positive, organized manner, and they are always trying out new parks!