Sinkhole and Gumswamp Trails

Tallahassee, Florida

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These two remarkable walks offer a good look at the Woodville Karst Plain that extends from Tallahassee to the Gulf of Mexico. The term “karst” refers to a limestone terrain that has been shaped and changed by both rain and groundwater. Although quite pure to drink, raindrops become weakly acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide from the air and from decaying vegetation. This mild acid then has the ability to eat away and dissolve the limestone bedrock that lies under much of Florida.

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"These two remarkable walks offer a good look at the Woodville Karst Plain that extends from Tallahassee to the Gulf of Mexico. The term “karst” refers to a limestone terrain that has been shaped and changed by both rain and groundwater.

Although quite pure to drink, raindrops become weakly acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide from the air and from decaying vegetation. This mild acid then has the ability to eat away and dissolve the limestone bedrock that lies under much of Florida."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tallahassee
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Maps: At kiosk
Driving Directions: Directions to Sinkhole and Gumswamp Trails

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May 2018