BY GIANNA BROOKS
One of the first things I fell in love with when I moved to Tallahassee was the amount of beautiful trees and emphasis on nature in general. This city has so much to offer, as it has a myriad of lakes, rivers, and parks, making room for a bunch of outdoor activities that can be taken advantage of. These are some of my favorite nature sites in Tallahassee!
Pedrick Pond is located on the east side of Tallahassee, consisting of a loop trail of about 0.8 miles that surrounds a huge pond. This park is perfect for an enjoyable walk, hike or picnic, as the scenery is consistently beautiful and the wildlife is always buzzing. It’s also directly next to a public library, so you can even pick up a good book on your way out.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens
This park is definitely somewhere you might want to consider visiting. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens is a historical botanical garden that also features a reflection pool, brick paths, and secret gardens. They also offer garden yoga, as well as swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking within Lake Hall.
Lake Jackson Mounds
Lake Jackson Mounds is located just north of Tallahassee. It’s an archaeological site that is home to ancient Native American temple mounds. This park is open to the public for wildlife viewing, hiking, and for gatherings as well. It’s the perfect place to enjoy nature as well as being active.
I’m sure many of you readers have visited Lake Ella in central Tallahassee before, however it is such a gem I had to include it in this post! Not only can you enjoy a peaceful walk around the lake, but you can also visit the multiple cottage art shops and coffee shops that surround it.
Enjoying and indulging in nature is good for the soul, and Tallahassee has a lot of it! You constantly have the opportunity to discover new, beautiful places while also staying active, so its a win win!
See you next time!