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Best Trails in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

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Want to find the best trails in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 5 easy hiking trails in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 12 to 58 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.
Description

The beautiful ornamental gardens are located on a portion of the park's 1,076 upland acres. The gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after purchasing the property for their winter home. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool, a walled garden and hundreds of azalea and camellia plants. Lake Hall offers swimming and fishing, along with non-motorized boating for canoers and kayakers. Pavilions and grills along the shore provide a perfect setting for picnicking. Two short nature trails through the woods overlooking the lake will enthrall walking enthusiasts, while hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can enjoy five miles of multi-use trails surrounding Lake Overstreet which adjoins the gardens. High blooming season is from January 1-April 30, peaking in mid-to-late March.

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Map of trails in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Florida
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Park information
Area:
435 hectares
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(850) 487-4556
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Top trails (5)
Ravine and Lake Trail Loop
#1 - Ravine and Lake Trail Loop
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Length: 8.2 km • Est. 2h 11m
Maclay Gardens State Park is a very pleasant in-town escape from the hustle and bustle of Tallahassee traffic. The trails are well-marked for bi-peds and cycles. If you are early or late you may even cross paths with deer or turkey. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on leashes. Bikes are allowed on some trails in the park- there is signage indicating which ones.Show more
Lake Overstreet Trail at Maclay Gardens
#2 - Lake Overstreet Trail at Maclay Gardens
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Length: 6.4 km • Est. 1h 43m
Forest Meadows trail access is off Meridian Road just south of Miller Landing Road. Popular shared use trail with a fair amount of hikers. A few areas with fairly long and steep uphill climbs. There is one confusing trail marker that points in the wrong direction. Nice views of the lake. Shorter distance. Show more
Ravine Trail at Maclay Gardens
#3 - Ravine Trail at Maclay Gardens
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Length: 3.4 km • Est. 53m
There are not many views along the trail, however, there are many opportunities to view wildlife and wildflowers. This trail is intended to be multi-use and is shared by mountain bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. The trail can become muddy during wet conditions and waterproof shoes are recommended.Show more
Karst Loop at Alfred Maclay Park
#4 - Karst Loop at Alfred Maclay Park
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Length: 4.3 km • Est. 1h 8m
This is primarily used by mountain bikers as an addition to the ravine trail loop. The route is a beautiful, mostly flat singletrack through the forest.Show more
Maclay Gardens Nature Trail
#5 - Maclay Gardens Nature Trail
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Length: 1.1 km • Est. 17m
Explore the beautiful surroundings of the Reflecting Pool and the Pond. Visitors may catch some sightings of the local fauna in the area, as well as the gorgeous garden flowers.Show more