Tallahassee, FL: Marsh Islands Trail to Sandhill Trail

This lightly traveled 9.5-mile trail strings together sawgrass marshlands, sandhill flats, and thick forests on its way to sweeping views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
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This lightly traveled 9.5-mile trail strings together sawgrass marshlands, sandhill flats, and thick forests on its way to sweeping views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 15.2

Waypoints

ERS001

Location: 30.0613880157471, -83.9083862304688

Go straight @ trailhead, hiking behind the fire station

ERS002

Location: 30.0606384277344, -83.9145584106445

Turn L @ Y into open marsh country; fine views of salt marshes and pine-covered islands

ERS003

Location: 30.0614452362061, -83.9205856323242

Swing R; sawgrass marshes empty into the Gulf of Mexico; watch for herons and egrets

ERS004

Location: 30.0654163360596, -83.917610168457

Veer L @ Y, heading back into scrub oak, bald cypress, and sandhill woods

ERS005

Location: 30.0771102905273, -83.9361419677734

Turn R into dense understory of palm, red cedar, and oak

ERS006

Location: 30.0850830078125, -83.9097213745117

Keep straight; bald eagles thatch huge nests above

ERS007

Location: 30.0895824432373, -83.8949432373047

Turn R near the N border of the park; slight elevation gains ahead

ERS008

Location: 30.0892772674561, -83.8904190063476

R @ T; cross CR 14; trail parallels road

ERS009

Location: 30.0851936340332, -83.8906936645508

Trail veers L back into palmetto, palm, and oak forest

ERS010

Location: 30.0720825195312, -83.9007797241211

Turn L; trail leads 1.1 miles back to trailhead