Betton Hills is a beautiful canopy neighborhood, nestled under tall pines and live oak trees. You look out of your window and see a wall of green. Located in the northeast quadrant of Tallahassee, it is well-established and close to downtown.
Betton Hills is bounded on the north by Woodgate and Huntington Drive, on the west by Thomasville Road, on the east by Centerville Road, and on the south by 7th Avenue. The neighborhood has evolved over time–first in the late 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s with new streets added in the 70’s and 80’s as the City expanded to the north.
Betton Hills consists of approximately 800 homes of which more than 50% are members of the Betton Hills Neighborhood Association. Residents are predominantly professionals and retirees.
BHNA dues are voluntary–only $10—though on average Members donate $25 a year, which goes towards beautification projects, neighborhood events, newsletters, and contributions to our three neighborhood public schools: Kate Sullivan Elementary, Cobb Middle and Leon High. Funds are also raised through grants from the City’s Neighborhood Partnership Grant Program.
The BHNA is non-incorporated and there are no by-laws. There are no restrictive covenants.
We are proud of our tree canopy in Betton Hills. The landscape in our neighborhood is characterized by mature oaks, long-leaf pines, southern magnolias, and a variety of other vegetation. We encourage homeowners in the neighborhood to maintain our urban forest by planting shade trees in your yards. We also advocate for “planting local”, meaning sticking to native species. Several nursuries that specialize in natives and sustainable landscaping are located near Betton Hills, including Native Nurseries, Purple Martin Nurseries, Tallahassee Nurseries, and Espisitos.
Betton Hills is home to five public parks, which are managed by the City of Tallahassee:
- Winthrop Park is a 13 acre park just south of Betton Road. The park includes baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, a large shaded playground, restrooms, several rose gardens, and plenty of open green space.
- Guyte B. McCord Park is a 19.4 acre passive nature park adjacent to Armistead Road. The park includes a paved path connecting Trescott to Armistead, several unpaved trails, a large pond, and a dog play area (unfenced). Each year, our neighbors gather on Arbor Day to plant trees and remove invasives. The park is also home to the Betton Hills Neighborhood Garden.
- Harriman Circle Park is an 8 acre preserve in the north side of Betton Hills. This small park contains a pond, native vegetation, and is home to migrating Canadian geese, ducks, and other local wildlife.
- Chittendon Park is a 1.5 acre park on Spruce Avenue. This small park contains rose gardens, benches, and quiet space.
- Betton Nature Center is a 6 acre park behind the SunTrust Bank and Ashford Club Apartments off Thomasville Road. The park contains trails that connect to McCord Park, interpretive signs, and a large fire pit.
Events and Gatherings
The BHNA sponsors many yearly events that we encourage all residents to join us for:
- An annual meeting in October in Winthrop Park,
- An Easter Egg Hunt in Chittendon Park,
- Arbor day at McCord Park,
- Neighborhood garage sales in the spring,
- Caroling in Harriman Circle each Christmas,
- …and more!