Fort Braden Trail, Lake Talquin State Forest

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For a Texas girl, I think the Tallahassee area of Florida has great topography of rolling hills, but I know some people from more mountainous regions find the hikes here too flat. The Fort Braden Trail at the Lake Talquin State Forest is one of the exceptions to that. The topography is rolling, up and down past the creek(s) that feeds this lake. So this park pasted the test for my ex-park ranger friend from Oregon!

I have not even begun to explore all that this park has to offer. This park has 11 miles of park in 3 loops for hikers. This picture is from the middle loop. There are some nice picnic spots that have a view of the lake. The park also allows for horseback riders.

Unlike most of the parks around the area, this one charges a per person fee even if you are in a car, so carry enough small bills! (Did I mention that most parks are paid by honor fees in an envelope? I didn’t and got caught without cash on my first excursion.)