A Wilderness Trail in the Middle of Tallahassee

Aug 28, 2017

A little-known Tallahassee park is an island of thick forest in an otherwise urban landscape.

A sign on the north side of East Call Street denotes the entrance to the park.
Credit Tom Flanigan

Now the City is building a hiking trail through the woods. The Barnette and Sally Allen Nature Preserve snuggles between two blocks of East Call Street and the CSX railroad tracks.

"And you wouldn't think that little park is right in the downtown area. It's a nice little hidden spot," said City Senior Planner Susan Tanski.

She noted local residents knew it was there and were enjoying the park on their own.

"They had kind of built their own trail through there," she said. "Nobody knew it and you could see it. So we're taking what was already there and just trying to make it a little safe loop trail in the park."

Underbrush has been cleared away, the trail's been resurfaced and two wooden footbridges built over watercourses. Tanski said all the work should be finished in a week or two.

A section of the newly-cleared and resurfaced trail.
Credit Tom Flanigan

One of two wooden foot bridges over the park's watercourse. The CSX tracks at the park's northern boundary are clearly visible.
Credit Tom Flanigan