Wakulla County, Florida
Wakulla County, Florida is a heavily wooded 736 square mile county situated between Tallahassee to the north and the Apalachee Bay to the south. 97% of
the population of about 33,000 lives in unincorporated areas. The largest
town, by far, is Crawfordville. It is also the county seat and is itself
Wakulla County has a home ownership rate of over 84% -- among the highest
Wakulla is home to the beautiful Wakulla Springs, the source of the Wakulla
River. The spring is the exit point for the Wakulla Cave system, the
world's largest and deepest submerged freshwater cave system. This spring
produces an average flow of about 250 million gallons per day and is a
major drainage point for the huge Florida Aquifer, the source of the
excellent drinking water for Tallahassee and the surrounding counties.
The Saint Marks Trail
East of the Wakulla Springs and River is a linear park, the Saint Marks
Trail (SMT), which runs from Tallahassee in Leon County to the north, to the coastal town of Saint Marks on the Apalachee Bay to the south. The SMT
includes a paved bicycle trail as well as horse trails. The trail is popular
for cycling, skating, and skateboarding, as well as walking and running.
The SMT includes a parking lot about seven miles north of Wakulla County where many cyclists start their rides. Originally,
that parking lot, on Woodville Highway just south of Capital Circle, was
the start of the St. Marks Trail. While the SMT now continues north from
that point, it is still called the "Trailhead" by some. From that point to
St. Marks -- and back -- is a round trip of 31 miles, or 50 kilometers.
The Munson Hills Off-Road Bicycle Trail
The SMT also includes an entrance to the Munson Hills Off-Road Bicycle Trail.
The Munson Hills trail leads into the eastern edge of the Apalachicola
National Forest. This trail is divided into two loops; a 5-mile loop and an
8-mile loop. There is a pdf map of the Munson Hills trail here.
The Apalachicola National Forest
The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest national forest in Florida
and dominates western Wakulla County. The forest also
extends into Leon, Liberty, and Franklin Counties.
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