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Munson Hills Off-Road Bicycle Trail

The Munson Hills Off-Road Bicycle Trail offers a scenic and challenging ride through some of the most varied terrain in the Apalachicola National Forest. You will be free from traffic hazards and can quietly explore remote areas, striving to achieve the best of your ability. Before you head out, think about your responsibility to tread lightly in order to protect this rare environment. Munson Hills are sand dunes associated with a shoreline formed here a million years ago. Frequent burning of the longleaf pine wiregrass community creates this unique ecosystem. The sandhills form a foundation for a towering longleaf pine forest intermixed with ponds and wetlands. The bike trail often dips down in the sandhills through hammock ecosystems. Oak, cherry, sassafras and other hardwoods are often found here.  Blueberries and huckleberries also grow in these hammocks, providing a seasonal treat for bikers and the resident forest animals and birds. Watch for deer and fox squirrels throughout the forest. Notice the many gopher tortoise burrows in the sand near the bike trail. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker may be seen foraging on the pine trees above the trail. Members of the Munson Hills Off-Road Bicycle Trail Association maintain the trail in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service.

Major Activities: Mountain Biking

Trail Length/Surface: 7.5 Miles Munson Hills Loop; 4.25 Miles Tall Pine Shortcut
All trails are unpaved and composed of sand.

Fee: None
County: Leon
Nearby Towns: Tallahassee, St. Marks

Notes:
Please stay on the trail. It is illegal to ride around the ponds and sinkholes in the area.

Numerous aquatic and terrestrial animals live in or near the ponds and sinkholes throughout the trail. Riding in or around these wetland ecosystems can be detrimental to both the system and the animals that utilize the area.

Both the main and shortcut trails are marked by a blue blaze.

Access/Directions:
From downtown Tallahassee, take Monroe Street South. It will turn into Woodville Highway (SR 363).  After you pass Capital Circle (US 319), look for the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail trailhead parking on the right.

The primary trailhead is located off of the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail. Parking is located at the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail. The spur to the Munson Hills Off-Road Bicycle Trail can by accessed by traveling approximately 1.25 miles south of the parking lot on the paved Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail.

Contact Information:
Apalachicola National Forest
57 Taff Drive
Crawfordville, Florida 32327
(850) 926-3561