Trail Tuesday: Bike the Red Bug Trail at Tallahassee's Phipps Park

By: Kevin Mims

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There are plenty of reasons to visit Tallahassee, and that includes trails of all types. All you have to do is head to Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park off of Meridian Road, and you'll see why the area is so popular with outdoor enthusiasts. By the way, you may want to bring your bike along.

What the four-mile Red Bug lacks in mileage it surely makes up for with plenty of natural scenery and just-rugged-enough terrain. You'll see riders of all levels on the Red Bug Trail, but I'd say it's definitely a intermediate ride. There are lots of roots, rocks and enough climbs to make you think that this is a much longer trail system. Be prepared, and make sure that you are up to the challenge. And keep those helmets on, okay?

If four miles isn't enough, there is a connector trail that you can ride that takes you over to the Lake Overstreet Trails at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park where about three more miles of dedicated mountain bike trails can be found. Combine the two trails to make a good half-day ride, then head over to the Paisley Cafe in Midtown for lunch. That place is awesome.

Find out more about the Red Bug Trail by visiting http://trailahassee.com/featuredtrails/elinor-klapp-phipps-park/. Maps can be found at http://www.talgov.com/Uploads/Public/Documents/parks/pdf/phipps.pdf.

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