Tom Brown and Phipps Parks, Tallahassee

After spending the past few weeks on the warm beaches and in warm weather in general, I had the urge to do some hiking in forests with cooler weather, so I headed north. I found myself near Tallahassee in late afternoon and decided to stop for a walk, some stretching, and a bit of yoga at Tom Brown Park.

Lake Leon, Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, Florida

Lake Leon, Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, Florida

The next morning I decided to do the 6.1-mile Phipps Park Loop near Lake Jackson, north of Tallahassee. An easy hike with negligible elevation change, the Phipps Park Loop nonetheless interested me because of its path through hardwood and sweetgum forest, wetland, damp fern-carpeted sections, lagoon, and more. It was also my first exposure to sweetgum swamp, which I loved.

Mixed forest with ferns and Spanish Moss, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Mixed forest with ferns and Spanish Moss, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Low land stream, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Low land stream, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Old growth oak with Spanish Moss, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Old growth oak with Spanish Moss, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Trail section through upland forest, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Trail section through upland forest, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

View of Lake Jackson from observation tower, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

View of Lake Jackson from observation tower, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Boardwalk through fern-covered marsh, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida

Boardwalk through fern-covered marsh, Phipps Park Loop Trail, Tallahassee, Florida