Need a break from the pace of city life? Then consider a visit to Lake Talquin State Park.
Situated on the craggy bluffs that look out onto the southern shore of Lake Talquin, this fabulous public recreational space in Tallahassee is a must visit for those who want to relax in nature.
Not to be confused with Lake Talquin State Forest, which lies adjacent to it, the main drawcard of the park is the sparkling waters of the 10,000-acre Lake Talquin.
Stretching for 20 miles in length and one mile in width it is a popular destination for boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. While the likes of hiking, picnicking, birding and wildlife watching are also regularly practiced too.
For those who need a digital detox, this Florida state park provides an excellent way to rest and relax away from your screens, phones and other devices. Although there is no camping offered directly at the park, you will find RV sites at the campground within the neighboring state forest.
The big attraction of this park is that guests can enjoy a range of outdoor recreational pursuits whilst you are there.
Outlined below is a small selection of some of the many activities you can do at Lake Talquin State Park.
Boating at Lake Talquin State Park
Given the huge size of the lake it is a favored place to come for boating, kayaking, canoeing and SUP.
One of the best places to take to the water is actually outside the park at the Jack Vause Landing. This is managed and run by Leon County and has a boat ramp that is about 500 yards to the north of the entrance to the state park.
You will not have to pay should you want to use this facility.
Fishing at Lake Talquin State Park
Fishing is a popular activity at the park, attracting visitors from all over Florida.
You can choose to fish on the shoreline, in a boat on the water or anywhere along the 650 foot boardwalk that lines the water.
Depending where you choose to fish you may require a license to do so. However, should you already have one, or not need one, you can expect to catch plenty of catfish, bream, largemouth bass, striped bass and speckled perch.
When you do cast a line, be mindful that all fishing activities must adhere to regulations set out by the Florida Wildlife Commission. This pertains to the size and number of fish you catch, the time of year you do so and your method of capturing them.
Hiking at Lake Talquin State Park
To compliment the water based activities the park also has a couple of excellent trails to tackle.
One of them is the much loved Nature Trail which meanders its way through the upland forest for about 1.2 miles until it gets to a picturesque steephead ravine system.
Another is the spur trail which takes you on a path that extends for about a third of a mile to a bluff that looks out to Lake Talquin.
Picnicking at Lake Talquin State Park
For those who enjoy picnicking Lake Talquin State Park has several scenic spots in which you can partake in an al fresco meal.
If you are in a larger group and want to host a wedding, reception, party or family get together, there is also a picnic pavilion available which can accommodate up to 100 guests.
Offering superb views of the lake, this facility provides two brick barbecue pits in which to cook.
Birding at Lake Talquin State Park
If you enjoy birdwatching, you will love the fact that Lake Talquin is home to many different breeds.
Many of these live permanently in the park, whilst some stay at it temporarily during the migratory season.
Depending on the time of year you visit, some of the birds you are likely to see include ospreys, bald eagles, wood storks, blue herons and both snowy and great egrets.
Nature & Wildlife
As well as the birds you can expect to see several wildlife species in the park including deer, squirrel, wild turkey, alligators and snakes.
Pets at Lake Talquin State Park
You are welcome to bring your pooch with you to the park. However, they must be kept on a leash at all times and cleaned up after as well.
Dogs are also not permitted on the beaches, or within the swimming zones. You also cannot take them into the playgrounds, food service areas or most of the buildings.
In addition they should not be tied to bushes, trees, or any other park property.
By contrast, service dogs are permitted to join you anywhere within Lake Talquin State Park.
Camping at Lake Talquin State Park
Unfortunately there are no camping options available at Lake Talquin State Park. However at Lake Talquin State Forest you can choose to stay at the High Bluff Campground.
Situated across from the park, on the other side of Lake Talquin, it offers 30 campsites for RVs and trailers.
These sites are primitive and back-in. They all come with their own hibachi style grills, fire rings and picnic tables but do not have hookups. You are able to use generators though.
Compared to many other campgrounds most of the sites are small and fairly close to one another. They are also not suitable for rigs that exceed 23 feet in length.
This campground is set up for horse campers. If you choose to stay here amenities include two pit toilets and a terrific fishing pier.
Should this destination not appeal to you, the Coe Landing County Park and Hall Landing campgrounds are also within easy driving distance of Lake Talquin State Park.
Lake Talquin State Park
14850 Jack Vause Landing Rd
Tallahassee, FL 3231
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Lake Talquin State Park: