Right off US 319 south of Tallahassee, the Leon Sinks Geological Area contains 5 miles of trails leading to a series of sinkholes big and small. The land in this area is underlain by a layer of limestone, eroded and dissolved by rainwater and groundwater to form caverns, holes, and tunnels in the limestone. This type of terrain is called "karst" and results in many geological features such as wet sinkholes, depressions, natural bridges, and a disappearing stream.
At a Glance
Day use only
Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
$3/vehicle for day use
Hunting and the possession of weapons are prohibited on this site.
Swimming is not allowed for the preservation of sinkhole walls and your personal safety.
The trails are the work of many volunteers who gave their time so that everyone may enjoy easy access to these unusual geological formations. You too can help protect the area by staying on the trails.
Tallahassee, FL and Crawfordville, FL
America The Beautiful and Every Kid In A Park passes can be used.
US Forest Service
From Tallahassee, take US 319 south about 7 miles and turn right at the sign for the Leon Sinks Geological Area.
Hikers can take either the 3.6 mile Sinkhole Trail to view the numerous sinkholes and geological features, or take the 2.8 mile Gum Swamp Trail around a cypress and gum swamp. The half-mile Crossover Trail connects the two trails to enable you to enjoy a 4.4 mile outer loop. While hiking, keep an eye open for gopher tortoises, deer, turkey, hawks, raccoons, snakes, and salamanders.