Rob and I were heading back from visiting his family in the Panhandle and I just had to get some hiking in. We scoped out a few trails on the state forest website and soon found our trail head for the Ft. Braden Tract. We decided to only hike the center loop as the day was already getting hot and we had Bo with us. Bo is our rescued Rhodesian Ridge back/mastiff mix and he is over 10 years old and trails are not so easy for him any more in the heat.
Lake Talquin State Forest is located just west of Tallahassee, Florida and is composed of ten main tracts of land, along with several smaller tracts. Most of the forest adjoins the Ochlockonee River and Lake Talquin, trails overlooking the lake offer wonderful views. The 1242 acre Fort Braden tract features two designated Trailwalker and one Trailtrotter trails. I was glad to be able to check another off on my list!
It was nice having Rob along on the hike as we do not get out in the woods much together. I was able to point out a few new things to him and Bo had a great time. The center loop was only 2.6 miles and offered quite a variety of elevation changes. We spotted a small alligator along the shore when we went to see the lake and there was animal sign all along the trail.
This old forest was beautiful, streams and sparkling sunlight through the trees made us feel like we had been transported to another world. I highly recommend you checking out this state forest. Three is enough hiking here to keep you busy for quite some time!
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