Leon Sinks Geological Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hikers on the Gum Swamp Trail

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

Operational Hours: Day use only
Reservations: None required
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $3/vehicle for day use
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • 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.
Closest Towns: Tallahassee, FL and Crawfordville, FL
Water: Drinking fountain
Restroom: Flush toilets
Passes: America The Beautiful and Every Kid In A Park passes can be used.
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From Tallahassee, take US 319 south about 7 miles and turn right at the sign for the Leon Sinks Geological Area.


Paved parking area

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Toilets Restrooms
Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities $3/vehicle day use fee
Interpretive Site An excellent site to learn about karst geology
Drinking water