I’m excited for city life, but also love the outdoors. Are there any nature parks in Tallahassee?

Tallahassee may be a growing metropolitan area, but it is also full of nature preserves, parks, trails and gardens. Tallahassee residents can often be found biking, running, picnicking, canoeing, relaxing and more all through these outdoor areas.

Tom Brown Park

Tom Brown park is the largest park in Tallahassee. It features shaded pavilions, trails, a playground, baseball courts, softball fields, disc golf routes and many more recreational facilities. Want to enjoy the outdoors with your pet? The Tom Brown Park also features a dog park for visitors and their furry friends. Throughout the year, the park plays host to many special events, including the Fourth of July Fireworks Show. Tallahassee residents consistently give Tom Brown Park two thumbs (and paws) up!

Magnolia Trail

The Magnolia Trail is a mountain bike trail within the Tom Brown Park. It is an intermediate skill level trail, including sections for beginner or expert level. Park visitors can work up a sweat and enjoy nature on this 3.4-mile course.

Lafayette Trails

Visitors of the Lafayette trails can partake in land and water recreational activities. The Lafayette Heritage Trail has picnic shelters, piers and playgrounds. It also has many scenic views, where visitors can observe the land and wildlife. In 2014, the Lafayette Park opened the "Passage Paddle Trail," a 7.8-mile round trip around Piney Z Lake. Visitors can canoe or kayak through the local waters. Fishing is even permitted for those with the required license.

Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park

The Elinor Klapp-Phipps park is 670 acres of trails and lush wetlands. The park is great for recreational activities ranging from horseback riding, hiking and wildlife viewing. The park is known for its Bluebird and Butterfly trails. Over 75 butterfly species have been observed in the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park since July 2001, with nearly 40 different species visible on a single day!

Dorothy B. Oven Park

The Dorothy D. Over Park is a beautiful preserve, ideal for weddings and group events. The park rests upon a six acre garden, full of azaleas, camellias, palms and more. The park also features a Main House, complete with wooden floors, antique furniture and artwork as well as lanai seating. The manor-style house is available for rent for public events.

These are just a few of the amazing parks and outdoor venues located in Tallahassee. Check out our Neighborhood Guide page to find more recreational areas nearby.

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