A Walk in the Woods Is Nearby – The Miccosukee Greenway

Miccousukee Greenway in the woods

Miccousukee Greenway in the woods

Before and after the Camino, a favorite place to walk with family and friends in Tallahassee is the Miccosukee Greenway. Open fields, natural woods, canopied trails, uphill, downhill, this trail has it all. The western trailhead is conveniently located within a mile of Capital Circle NE. This 7 to 8 mile long (end to end) trek parallels Miccosukee Rd and runs east from Fleischmann Rd to Crump Rd. It is estimated that there are probably 20+ miles worth of trails in this system. All of the main paths are well marked and easy to follow. On your visit you will see others walking, running, biking and riding horses.

The footpath surfaces range from well-maintained crushed shell or gravel lanes to a narrow single track winding through north Florida oak woods.

There are four parking areas along the route, so access is easy. Here is how to access this gem.

Fleishman Road trailhead – take Miccosukee Road east from town from Capital Circle NE, Take a left at the roundabout and look for the small parking area on the right 2/10 of a mile. Once you start on the trail, it is about 1.5 miles to the Edenfield parking area. This section starts with natural clay path with lots of roots then transitions to a double track through grassy fields dropping down with a beautify vista to the Edenfield Parking area. There additional trail loops within this section

Edenfield – go out Mahan drive to the light at Edenfield. Take a left until the road ends at Miccosukee. This parking area with bathrooms and water is straight across the road. The track to the right (east) is mostly canopied with a packed smooth crushed shell path. This trail runs to a huge field at the Thornton Road parking lot. There is also a natural path running around the field.

Thornton – take Mahan out to the blinking light at Thornton Road and take a left. In approximately 1 mile you will see this parking area (with a huge field) directly across from the end of Thornton Road. There is a port a potty and a water spigot along the wooded fence. From this parking area you can go left and follow the groomed path towards the Edenfield parking area. Or go to the right and go under 1-10 and follow the groomed crushed shell path. It is approximately 4 miles to Crump Road. This is a lessor traveled path through a mostly wooded beautiful landscape.

Crump Road – Take a left off Miccosukee at the 4 way stop and the end of the trail parking area has a port a potty and picnic benches on your left.

People I connected with while walking this week.

We traveled down to Haines City to visit my bonus Mom Dottie. No steps here. She married my father after my biological mother passed away and they were happily married for over 18 years. At 84 she walks the one mile loop around her house at least twice a day. When we visit, taking walks and catching up with each other is the custom. She is a birder, and on our walk this weekend she pointed out something I never paid much attention to…birds. She pointed out and identified all the birds, different types, sizes, territories, etc. as we walked the loop. I never really took notice of how many birds we share our space with. Its really great to now be more aware and enjoy their company as we walk.

I also got to walk with Jillian my 4 year old granddaughter. What a delight in the innocence of a child. As we walked she was pointing out which house in our neighborhood she was going to live in when she grows up. As we turned around to go home she announced we were going to race. I never thought a 4 year old could give me a run for the money. Whew! It was great to connect with her during this short journey.

I also walked with a good friend Jerry who gave me a good verbal kick in the pants when I started with a “woe is me” dialog. It was needed, but this is a different story for a different day.

For your mental and physical health, go solo, or grab your family or friends and head out for a Walk in the Woods on this Greenway. This is an opportunity to think out an issue, or connect with someone special. No excuses, this is a very short drive away. .

For questions or comments contact me at gregg.patterson@yahoo.com