Leon Sinks Geological Area, Tallahassee

4.5
#4 of 10 in Outdoors in Tallahassee
The Leon Sinks Geological Area is located on the Woodville Karst Plain in southern and southwestern Leon County, Florida, United States. It is a mature karstic area on the Upper Floridan Aquifer. It is one of the most extensive underwater cave systems in the world and connects to Wakulla Springs.This hydrological system is extremely vulnerable to pollution because of the very high permeability of the carbonate aquifer. Extensive mapping and exploration of these caves has been done by the Woodville Karst Plain Project to understand the complex dynamics of the area and to understand the proper ecological approach to keeping this system clean.The Leon Sinks are full of life, including the freshwater eel and rare crustaceans, including the Woodville Karst Plain crayfish and the swimming Florida cave isopod Remasellus parvus, that only exist in the Woodville Karst Plain.Wakulla-Leon Sinks cave systemWakulla cave consists of a dendritic network of conduits of which 12mi have been surveyed and mapped. The conduits are characterized as long tubes with diameter and depth being consistent (300ft depth); however, joining tubes can be divided by larger chambers of varying geometries. The largest conduit trends south from the spring/cave entrance for over 3.8mi. Four secondary conduits, including Leon Sinks, intersect the main conduit. Most of these secondary conduits have been fully explored.
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  • The main hike can be a bit long for beginners (I think it pushed about 3 miles) but it's a great way to spend a few hours. The trails are pretty well maintained but there were two areas that were clos...  more »
  • Easy to find off 319 near Crawfordville, $3 fee, nice parking, clean restrooms. Easy to read trails, most are flat, small hills when u hike the path down to some of the sinks. Becareful on boardwalk a...  more »
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  • It was an okay place. I love nature and hiking but this place didn't particularly interest me, the nature and scenery is not appealing compared to other areas and national parks. Sinks are particularly ugly looking, better go down to Wakala Springs area to see where the sinks lead to and the beautiful nature as a result.
  • We hiked all of the trails that were open. It's a beautiful area that seems well maintained. The trails are very well marked. Some of the natural sinks and wet areas are just awesome. Highly recommended!

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