History of Klapp-Phipps Park
Like much of the land surrounding Tallahassee, this park was originally farmland. The plantation was called the Ayavalla Plantation, and the main crops were cotton and corn. The park is now owned by the Northwest Florida Water Management District, but there are many prominent names among the prior owners. For example, Dwight Davis was President Coolidge’s Secretary of War, and Ellen Call, the daughter of Governor Call.
The park is maintained and managed by the City of Tallahassee and is crisscrossed with miles of trails. There are trails for all sorts of activities, including horseback riding, bicycling, walking and hiking. Many trails are shaded for summer hikers. We have spent many hours at the Meadows Soccer Complex on Millers Landing Road with soccer and softball practices. There is also the Meridian Park ball area, off of Meridian Road, which was re-developed as a multi-use youth sports complex.
Relevant links for Klapp-Phipps Park
Link to the park page from the City of Tallahassee: Talgov Park Page.
FloridaHikes also has a page for Klapp-Phipps park with photos and more details. Find that page here.
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida has the park marked as wetland protection. Check out what they say here.
Downloads for Klapp-Phipps Park
You can read more about the history of Ayavalla Plantation on this download.
The park brochure from Talgov is here: Phipps Park brochure.
This guide is for the birds and butterflies in Klapp Phipps Park.
The map for Klapp-Phipps park can be downloaded here.
This park is located in the Tallahassee zip code of 32312.