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.