Navigating Tallahassee’s Northeast Trails
With easy access from I-10, the northeast side of Tallahassee is the first stop for many visitors driving to the Capital City. Numerous national brand hotels are located at Exit 203 including Hampton Inn, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn.
Located in nearby Elinor Klapps-Phipps Park, the Red Bug Trail is a 5.5-mile single-track dirt trail for intermediate riders. This challenging off-road biking trail can be accessed from Meridian Park and from the Forestmeadows Athletic Center on North Meridian Road, about one mile north of Maclay Road. The trail is near town, but once inside, the dense foliage gives riders a sense of remoteness. What this trail lacks in mileage, it makes up for with plenty of natural scenery and just-rugged-enough terrain. Numerous animals make wildlife viewing easy, but keep your eyes on the trail, as the copious roots can cause a nasty fall. Considered an intermediate ride, the trail’s bounty of roots, rocks, and steep climbs make riders think that this trail is part of a much longer system.
If you’re in the mood for even more trails, there’s a connector trail that takes riders over to the Lake Overstreet Trails and Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. This incorporates three more miles of mountain biking trails and is well worth the trip.
Conveniently located close to the hotels and trails of northeast Tallahassee is Epic Bikes – one of the most popular bike shops in town. Owned and operated by people who are “helpful and crazy about cycling,” the expert staff will get you geared up for a day on the trails.
Be sure to check out their weekly group rides to get hands-on tips and tricks from some of the best riders in town.
Relive the action from your day with a round of drinks and a Cuban sandwich at Gordos – a Tallahassee dining institution since 1988. Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine, including the Media Noche, a sandwich named one of the best nine in Tallahassee, and the Gordo Smash, their signature rum punch.