Tallahassee Canopy Roads: Miccosukee Road

Large southern live oak trees draped in Spanish moss create a canopy over Miccosukee Road, one of the Tallahassee canopy roads.

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The Making of the Image, Tallahassee Canopy Roads: Miccosukee Road

Miccosukee Road is one of the Tallahassee canopy roads. It is a road I regularly travel, and it’s always a beautiful drive. It is one of my favorite local roads.

In the late spring, the tree canopy over Miccosukee Road has again filled out to and the yellows and various greens of the new growth in the early spring have become a uniform green.

I have photographed this section of the road before, where massive southern live oak trees creating a canopy over the road. When I pass through the area, I note how it looks at various times of day and at various times of year.

In the final image, large southern live oak trees draped in Spanish moss create a canopy over Miccosukee Road at sunset, as the road gently curves and disappears into the distance.

Miccosukee Road, A Canopy Road

Miccosukee Road is an officially designated canopy road in Tallahassee, Florida. It runs northeast/southwest from North Meridian Road by East Tennesee Street/Highway 90 near downtown Tallahassee to Moccasin Gap Road/Highway 142 in the historic community of Miccosukee, Florida.

Miccosukee Road is paved and more highly-traveled than the unpaved canopy roads in Tallahassee. Despite the road being paved, there are still high clay banks in places, a testament to the road’s history. Some places have a ditch on the side of the road for water mitigation. There are no emergency lanes; the road and the shoulder are fairly narrow in places.

From Fleischmann Road all the way to Crump Road, the Miccosukee Greenway parallels Miccosukee Road. The Miccosukee Greenway has a footpath/bike trail/horseback riding trail along its length. The trail crosses Miccosukee Road several times.

Miccosukee Road was originally a Native American footpath and eventually became a route for plantations in the area to transport their cotton to market.

Miccosukee, Florida – Former Capital of the State of Muskogee

Miccosukee Road leads to Miccosukee, Florida at its northeast terminus. Miccosukee is a historical community that was once a major center of the Miccosukee tribe of Native Americans (part of the Seminole nation). At one time, it was the capital of the short-lived State of Muskogee.