Leon Sinks Loop

Crawfordville , Florida 32326

Leon Sinks Loop

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The area just south of Tallahassee is known for its karst topography, a layer of limestone that has been weathered and carved over the centuries by the elements to form a system of caves, holes, and tunnels. The Leon Sinks Loop allows hikers to explore this geology with excellent examples of wet sinkholes, natural bridges, depressions, and disappearing streams.

The area is literally littered with dozens of sinkholes, which are all part of what is known as the Woodville Karst Plain, and the best way for us to see these marvelous sinkholes is by hiking the Leon Sinks Loop. The Woodville Karst Plain is an area of limestone from just south of Tallahassee that slopes to the Gulf of Mexico. Because of the porous nature of the limestone, water is allowed to flow freely through, causing erosion or what is known as karst."

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3/1/2014
At one point on the trail, you cross a natural bridge were Fisher Creek disappears in a sink and then rises a few feet away. A little further down the creek Fisher creek enters another sink disappearing completely. This trail gives the hiker a chance to explore a few unique natural wonders up close. From late May to early October hike this trail in the early morning and bring bug spray.
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5/22/2010
Nice trail. Terrain changes in a few places to the beach-like sand. Some steep hills in a few places. Well marked and maintained. Would recommend to beginner hiker.
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3/13/2010
Nice trail. Well marked and well maintained. The trail is very, very, very flat and hard packed. Good trail for beginners or just a quick walk in the woods.
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4/15/2003
A regular destination for after-work strolls and jogs, this trail is easy enough and passes enough interesting geological features to tempt even dedicated non-hikers into a walk in the woods. Moderate distance from the city means the area is not generally crowded, though it is rare to have the place completely to yourself, especially on a weekend day or nice summer evening. Wildlife sightings are possible if you get there early enough on a quiet morning.
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9/1/1998
This is a wonderful park just outside Florida's Capitol city of Tallahassee (about 15 min's south). There are a couple of options you could take once you arrive at the trailhead (which has full facilities and is handicapped accessible). You could make the loop of the entire "sinks" area or you could cut it in half with a trail that bisects the park. As you tour the park you will be witness to one of the oldest Magnolia trees in the south as well as the natural sinks that run throughout Florida. A sink is kind of like a sink-hole that caves in, yet it is part of an underground river system that runs under the park. The water is crystal clear and has been the subject of many biological studies to determine their depth, extent and species contained. On the back side of the loop you come to a wonderful Cypress Swamp with trees that all show signs of bears in the area. It is an easy walk and well worth the trip out of the city.
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Trail Information

Crawfordville
Nearby City
3.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Apalachicola Ranger District, 11152 NW SR 20, Bristol, FL 32321; (850) 643-2282; fs.usda.gov/apalachicola
Local Contacts
USGS Tallahassee, FL; maps available at entrance station
Local Maps