Leon Sinks Geological Area
Area Status: Open
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. This type of terrain is called "karst" and results in many geological features such as wet sinkholes, depressions, natural bridges and a disappearing stream.
Many volunteers made the trails and boardwalks possible for your enjoyment. Please help protect the area and these unusual geological formations by staying on the trails.
Walking / Day Hiking
- Visitors who feel like taking a walk around the site can take either the 3.6-mile Sinkhole Trail to view the numerous sinkholes and geological features, or the 2.8-mile Gum Swamp Trail around a cypress and gum swamp. The 0.5-mile Crossover Trail connects the two trails for a complete 4.4-mile outer loop.
- While walking, keep an eye open for gopher tortoises, deer, turkey, hawks, raccoons, snakes and salamanders. This is also an excellent area to learn about karst geology.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Trails are open until visitors approach trail blockers. Please do not go past that point as the conditions are unsafe while construction takes place. Area is subject to unscheduled closures due to construction and concerns for public safety. Thank you for your cooperation as we restore this area.|
|Operational Hours:||Site is partially open while the area undergoes improvements. Area is subject to unscheduled closures due to construction and concerns for public safety. Thank you for your cooperation as we restore this area.
Operating hours April 1-Sept. 30, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Oct. 1-Mar. 31, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
|Fees:||$5 per vehicle|
|Restrictions:||Hunting and posessions of weapons are prohibited. Swimming is not allowed for the preservation of the sinkhole walls and your personal safety.|
|Closest Towns:||Tallahassee, Crawfordville|
|Passes:||America the Beautiful and Every Kid Outdoors passes may be used here.|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
- Drinking water
- Interpretive site
- Picnic tables
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information