Florida Trail Guide
Leon Sinks Geological Area
Welcome to the fascinating world of karst. The Woodville Karst Plain runs from Tallahassee southward to the Gulf of Mexico. A wet sinkhole is an opening to the Floridan aquifer, which supplies our drinking water.
The water filled caves beneath your feet are a secret home for some unusual creatures- like the cave crayfish, a freshwater eel, and tiny insects like creatures called an amphipod. These are rare species that may exist only in the Woodville Karst Plain.
Three trails await your exploration into this unique natural showcase. Experience all the sights, sounds and scents the geological area provides. A keen observer may see many interesting animals. Busy Carolina chickadees and brown-headed nutcatchers flutter in the branches above as they search for food. A slow moving gopher tortoise shares the sandy ridges with the five-linked skink and the fox squirrel. Crevices and overhangs provide protection for creatures including bats, spiders and moths.An emerald world of plants and trees greet visitors at Leon Sinks. From the dark, aromatic needles of the longleaf pine to the delicate Venus-hair fern, dense greenery delights the eye and invites you to linger. The observation platform at Big Dismal Sink offers a breathtaking view of more than 75 different plants cascading down the sink's steep walls. In March, notice the beautiful dogwood blossoms and in April and May the majestic southern magnolia blooms. Red and white oak, tupelo, hickory, ash, maple and beech are among the 20 species of trees that grow in this geological area.
Major Activities: Hiking Trail Length/Surface:
Sinkhole trail- 3.1 Miles marked by a blue blaze
Crossover trail- 0.5 Miles marked by a white blaze
Gumswamp trail- 2.3 Miles marked by a green blaze
All trails are unpaved
Fee: $3.00 (Golden Age Passport, Golden Access and Golden Eagle passes accepted.)
Nearby Cities: Tallahassee and Crawfordville
Allow time for a leisurely stroll in this unique natural showcase. Mornings and early evenings are best for observing and photographing wildlife. Bring your camera, binoculars, and insect repellent.
Since hunting and the possession of weapons are prohibited here, wildlife may be seen more frequently. The trails are the work of many volunteers who gave their time so that everyone may enjoy easy access to these unusual geological formations. You can help protect the area by staying on the trail.
Swimming is not allowed for the preservation of sinkhole walls and your personal safety.
Help maintain the beauty of Leon Sinks by packing out litter and staying out of the sinkholes.
For more information about Leon Sinks or the Apalachicola National Forest, please contact the Wakulla Ranger District.
Access and Directions:
From Tallahassee (downtown): Head south on Monroe Street. Turn right on Gaile Ave (First traffic light just past Leon County Fair Grounds). Turn left on Crawfordville Highway (Route 61). Continue south on Crawfordville Highway, which turns into US 319. Leon Sinks will be on your right off of Crawfordville Highway (US 319) approximately 5.5 miles from Capital Circle SE (the truck route).
From Crawfordville: Head North on Crawfordville Highway (US 319). Leon Sinks will be on your left just as you enter Leon County.
Wakulla Ranger District
USDA Forest Service
57 Taff Drive
Crawfordville, Fl 32327-2138