United States

Tallahassee, FL

See also our running guides for nearby Panama City & Pensacola

Tallahassee, located in northern Florida, is the state’s capital and eigh largest city, with a population of about 200,000. It’s home to the State Capitol, numerous government buildings, and several universities including Florida State (FSU and Florida A&M.  The scene for running in Tallahassee is surprisingly good. There are several large parks, scenic multi-use paths, and a couple of small lakes.

A great way to get oriented is to take a ‘running tour‘ of downtown Tallahassee, which includes the two universities and the state Capitol. Also centrally located are our Cascsades Park and Lake Ella/Midtown routes. One of the best places to run in Tallahassee is to the path from Tom Brown Park to the JR Alford Greenway. For a longer off-road run, choose a section of the 16-mile St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail. North of the city, there’s great running in Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, the adjacent Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, and the oaks of the Miccosukee Greenway. We’ve also outlined some of the best residential neighborhoods in Tallahassee for running.

Runners should note that Tallahassee’s summer temperatures are very hot and humid, with near daily thunderstorms.

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Some of our favorite runs in Tallahassee, FL

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FSU Campus, Capitol, Florida A&M Campus

Tallahassee, FL

Two university campuses, a state Capitol, and two running tracks -- all in one run! Combines Florida State University, Florida A&M, and Capitol Hill. It's ~8 miles, but can be shortened to ~5 miles by cutting out the Florida A&M section. There are even a couple of hills!
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Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway

Tallahassee, FL

A great opportunity for a fairly easy trail run beneath a canopy of oaks. The greenway is a linear park off Miccosukee Rd. between Fleischmann Rd. and Crump Rd., consisting of some 17 miles of trails. The one-way distance is ~7 miles. Great shade option on a hot day!
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Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park

Tallahassee, FL

This 670-acre park on the eastern shore of Lake Jackson in northern Tallahassee has something for every runner: easier multi-use paths with up to 7 miles of marked loops, and many more miles of wooded, narrower and more rugged trails for trail running.
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Tallahassee has a humid subtropical climate, with plentiful sunshine. Runners should note that Tallahassee’s summer temperatures are very hot and humid, with high temps averaging near 90F from May through September. Winters are drier and delightfully mild to warm, though you might need a layer at night and the early morning. In summer, there are near daily thunderstorms/downpours.

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There are plentiful accommodation options in central Tallahassee, given the city’s role in state government. Downtown hotels provide easy access to our university, Cascades Park, Lake Ella, & St. Mark’s Historic RR State Trail routes. Our other routes aren’t too far away.

RUNNING STORES

Fleet Feet is the main dedicated running store in Tallahassee. They have lots of group runs, training programs, and community events.

Cadence Running is located north of town.

GROUP RUNS

Fleet Feet hosts training programs and regular group runs. Info.

Madison Social is a popular watering hole in Tallahassee that hosts weekly social runs. Info.

Gulf Winds Track Club is the main running group in Tallahassee.

This running event calendar courtesy of Gulf Winds Track Club.