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Amelia Island Biking - Amelia Island has over 18 miles of biking trails, paths, and bike lanes. The Amelia Island Trail is a paved asphalt trail that runs along A1A from Amelia Island State Park to Peters Point Park in Fernandina Beach. It's part of the East Coast Greenway (Maine to Florida). Other trails on the island run on sidewalks along or on the roadway. Traffic in some areas can be busy and there are many driveway and road crossings, so take care. Fernandina Beach, designated as a Bronze Level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, is easy to ride - the historic streets are bikeable and scenic. (Reported: July 2017)

End Points: Amelia Island State Park to Fernandina Beach
Mileage: 18 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Nassau County (See map )
Support/Advocacy: Friends of Amelia Island Trail
Nearby points of interest: Fernandina Beach Historic District, Fort Clinch, Fort Caroline, Kingsley Plantation

More information:
Amelia Island Tourist Development Agency - Amelia Island Biking
Fernandina Beach - Bicycle Friendly Community

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Kayak Amelia (Fernandina Beach, Big Talbot Island)


At the south end the trail connects to the Timucuan Trail at the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park which crosses Nassau Sound to Big Talbot Island. (Note: at this writing, the Crady Bridge was closed at the south end due to hurricane damage, an alternate route to reach Big Talbot Island is the bike lanes over the bridge on A1A.)


Black Creek Trail - The trail runs along US 17 the length of Fleming Island, between the St. John's River and Doctor's Lake south of Jacksonville. Popular for biking, walking, running, rollerblading. There are several parks along the way that serve as trailheads, but Black Creek Park is the main trailhead and most pleasant section. Parts of the trail run roadside but others have a wide buffer separated from the road, some by trees. Note: We were told the trail is being extended from Black Creek Park - across the Black Creek Bridge a paved path does run roadside another 3 miles from Camp Chowenwaw County Park to Governor's Creek bridge at Green Cove Springs but we don't see a name associated with it (at this writing). (Reported: Sept. 2017)

End Points: Holly Point Rd. to Black Creek Park, Fleming Island
Mileage: 8 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Clay County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Fernandina Beach Historic District, Fort Clinch, Fort Caroline, Kingsley Plantation

More information:
Clay County - Black Creek Trail

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Open Road Bicycles


Along US 17 - The trail starts at Holly Cove Road, then crosses the Doctor's Lake bridge. It continues through Moccasin Slough Park, past residential developments and businesses - be careful at busy intersections.


Black Creek Park - The pleasant park has parking, restrooms and picnic pavilion. An unpaved path runs to Black Creek.


Cedar Key - A Top small-town bike ride - This is our top choice for small town bike rides. For the laid-back traveler, this is the perfect stop - a step back into Old Florida. Whether you like to relax, fish, tour, bike ride, hike, or kayak, you can find your niche. Cedar Key is off the beaten path but well worth the drive.

More details, map and photos here

Cedar Key biking

Dixie Mainline Road - Nine miles at Florida's Big Bend between Horseshoe Beach and Suwannee. Not a bike trail, but a bike route on an old light logging railbed - this remote road now is open to cars, bikes and pedestrians. Auto traffic is light with slow speed limits so suitable for biking if you want to view mostly natural, untouched habitat up close. The road parallels the coastline along the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge. Habitat viewing is varied, with some of the best views from the bridges over the tidal creeks - cypress swamps, pine forest, hardwood hammock, marsh islands and tidal creeks, plus a variety of plants and wildlife including alligators, turtles, herons, egrets, ibis, owls, and small mammals. We do not recommended visiting in the summer due to insects and voracious flies, or in October-November during hunting season. (Reported: Dec. 2015)

End Points: Horseshoe Beach to Suwannee
Mileage: 9 miles
Surface:
Limestone
Location: Dixie County (Suwannee) (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Suwannee River, Horseshoe Beach

More information:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Dixie Mainline Trail Guide


Four Freedoms Trail - This paved trail runs 12 miles north from Madison, FL, to the Withlacoochee River-north on the Georgia border. We’ve read other reviews highlighting the amount of leaves and debris on the trail, plus the many tree root bumps. For the most part, we found this to be true. If you have a need for speed, we suggest the Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail to the east, or the St. Marks Trail to the west. Otherwise for the more casual recreational rider, this is a pleasant rural trail with lots of shade. (Reported: March 2014)

End Points: Madison to Pinetta (Withlacoochee River-north)
Mileage: 12 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Madison County (Madison) (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Suwannee River State Park, Madison Blue Spring

More information:
Madison County Recreation - Four Freedoms Trail


Madison to Withlacoochee River: The trail is mostly rural and parallels the road but with a wide buffer and trees that provide shade; there are a few areas where you must share the road for short stretches.


Withlacoochee River-North: From about ½ mile outside Pinetta to the end point at the river, there is a fairly steady 1 or 2 degree downward grade, so a nice burn coming back (for Florida at least). There's a picnic area and observation deck at the river.


Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail - a Top 10 Florida bike trail - The trail (a linear state park) stretches 16.5 miles from the City of Gainesville's Boulware Springs Park through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area and ends in the small town of Hawthorne. Wooded and quiet, there are even are some winding hills to challenge you!

More details, map and photos here

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail - This paved trail runs from the Ichetucknee River to O'Leno State Park, passing through Fort White, Florida. From the Ichetucknee to Fort White the trail parallels busy US 27; past Fort White along CR 18 to O'Leno State Park is more rustic.Across the Ichetucknee River, connect to the Suwannee River Greenway for a 25-mile ride total. (Reported: Oct. 2012)

End Points: Ichetucknee River to O'Leno State Park
Mileage: 13 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 10'
Location: Columbia County (Ft. White) (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Ichetucknee Springs State Park, O'Leno State Park

More information:
Florida State Parks - Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Florida State Parks - O'Leno State Park


Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail - A Top 10 Florida bike trail - Although just outside Jacksonville, Florida, this is an enjoyable rural trail - very well maintained and for the most part, tree-lined and no traffic noise.

More details, map and photos here

Jacksonville-Baldwin State Trail

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway - a Florida eco-biking destination - The Greenway extends 110 miles from the St. John's River to the Gulf of Mexico along the former Cross Florida Barge Canal. Trailheads provide parking, some with restrooms and drinkable water. There are 29 miles of paved multi-use trails, 244 miles of hiking and unpaved biking trails, equestrian trails, and a 36 mile segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail.

More details, map and photos here

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Nature Coast State Trail is built along an abandoned Atlantic Coastline Railroad rail bed. The trail starts just west of Cross City and goes east to Trenton. The the first mile is away from the road, then runs along US 98 starting in Cross City. From Wilcox Junction in the middle, a leg runs south to Fanning Springs and Chiefland. A scenic highlight is the Historic Suwannee River Railroad Bridge over the Suwannee River just east of Old Town. Much of the trail parallels US98/19 and SR26 with little shade, other sections are through forest. Many benches and rest stops. (Latest update Nov. 2015)

End Points: Trailheads at Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland.
Mileage: 32 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 12'
Location: Dixie, Levy, Gilchrist Counties (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Suwannee River, Manatee Springs State Park, Fanning Springs State Park

More information:
Florida State Parks - Nature Coast State Trail


Cross City to Wilcox Junction - The the first mile is away from the road, then runs along US 98 starting in Cross City. A scenic highlight is the Historic Suwannee River Railroad Bridge over the Suwannee River just east of Old Town.


Wilcox Junction to Fanning Springs and Chiefland - From Wilcox Junction in the middle, a leg runs south to Fanning Springs and Chiefland.


Palatka - Lake Butler State Trail - Located on an old Norfolk-Southern Railroad right-of-way, two segments of the planned 47 mile trail are completed (paved): 4 miles at Lake Butler, and 19 miles from Keystone Heights to Palatka. From the Roberts Lane trailhead, a connector will extend to the Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail via the Palatka Urban Trail - ultimately creating a 100 mile bike route. (Latest update: Jan. 2017)

End Points: Lake Butler to Palatka, 2 segments completed
Mileage: 23 paved out of 47 total when completed: 4 miles at Lake Butler, 19 miles from Keystone Heights to Palatka
Surface: Asphalt, 12 feet
Location: Putnam, Clay, and Bradford Counties (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Ravine Gardens (Palatka), St. Augustine, Ocala National Forest, Rodman Dam

More information:
Florida State Parks - Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Putnam Bicycles (Palatka)


Keystone Heights to Florahome - The main trailhead is at Twin Lakes Park in Keystone, other trail parking along the street in Keystone Heights, in Grandin, in Florahome, and on Roberts Lane in Palatka. The trail between Keystone Heights and Palatka runs largely along Highway 100 but with a wide buffer.


Etoniah Creek State Park - The trail runs through forest at the State Park. Park roads are also bikeable.


Palatka - St. Augustine State Trail - About 15 miles of the total 19 are currently completed with two sections open: one from Vermont Heights (near I-95) to Spuds for about 8 miles, and a second from Hastings to East Palatka for about 7 miles. The 4-mile connector between the two sections remains a future project. Easy to ride, wide and straight trail through forest land and past farms. The trail largely follows SR207, along the roadside in part but with a wide buffer. Other sections are away from the road, shady and scenic. Parking available at Vermont Heights, Elkton and East Palatka (See map). Continuing over the St. Johns River Bridge at Palatka is a link to the Palatka Urban Trail which serves as a connector to the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail - eventually, a 100 mile biking route. (Latest update: July 2017)

End Points: Vermont Heights to Spuds; Hastings to East Palatka
Mileage: 15 miles; 19 when completed
Surface: Asphalt, 12 feet
Location: Putnam and St. Johns Counties (See map )
Nearby points of interest: St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas

More Information:
Florida State Parks - Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail

Bike Shops/Rentals:
St. Augustine Bike Rentals (St. Augustine)
Putnam Bicycles (Palatka)


Vermont Heights to Spuds - From the parking at Vermont Ave., south to SR 207 trailhead, through Elkton, over Mocassin Branch bridge and to trail end at Spuds (founded as a potato farming community, as you may have guessed). From here, trail will eventually be extended to Hastings and Palatka.


Hastings to East Palatka - The trail starts about a mile west of Hastings at Merryfield Lane. The first three miles run alongside SR 207 through an agricultural area  before turning away from the road. The trail winds past farms and through residential and shopping areas, before arriving back at SR 207 and ending at the St. Johns River Bridge.


Palatka - Ravine Gardens - If you're in the area this is a pleasant attraction in Palatka, the rim road is popular for bicycling (shared by motor vehicles and pedestrians). The 120-foot deep ravine was created by water from the St. John's River, the gardens were added by the WPA in the 1930's. (Reported: March 2014)

End Points: Palatka, FL
Mileage: 1.8 mile loop
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Putnam County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: St. Augustine, Ocala National Forest, Rodman Dam

More information:
Florida State Parks - Ravine Gardens

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Putnam Bicycles (Palatka)


Palatka Urban Trail - Serves as a connector between the Palatka-St. Augustine and Palatka-Lake Butler State Trails. Portions are on bike paths, other sections run on bike lanes along the roadway. From the eastern end, cross the St. Johns River Bridge to the Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail. The western end is in a commercial area just east of US 17. This is not currently recommended for recreational bikers. (Reported: March 2018)

End Points: Palatka, FL
Mileage: 2 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Putnam County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: St. Augustine, Ocala National Forest, Rodman Dam

More information:
Florida State Parks - Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Putnam Bicycles (Palatka)


Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park - a Florida eco-biking destination. The park is located just north of Micanopy, FL and south of Gainesville, FL. Park roads are open to biking. There are also five trails labeled "biking" within the park, totaling about 20 miles - however, fat tires only as most are very sandy. For paved trail riding, the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail goes through the north section of the park.

More details, map and photos here

Paynes Prairie State Preserve

St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach - The narrow streets and limited parking make St. Augustine popular for bicycling (but do be careful of the cars). Ride across the Bridge of Lions to Anastasia Island and the Anastasia State Park - the bridge is marked by sharrows, or bicycles are allowed on the sidewalk (yield to pedestrians). We had not realized what a surprisingly pleasant ride the beach at the park is (at low tide!) and plan to be back. At the park are over 4 miles of beach, and park roads are available for biking. (Reported: Sept. 2012)

Mileage: Various
Surface: Pavement or hard packed sand
Location: St. John's County (St. Augustine) (See map )
Nearby points of interest: St. Augustine, Castillo San Marco, Bridge of Lions, Anastasia State Recreation Area, St. Augustine Lighthouse, Fort Matanzas National Monument.

More information:
Florida State Parks - Anastasia State Park
Wikipedia - St. Augustine

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Island Life
St. Augustine Bike Rentals
Drifters Beach and Bike Rentals


Suwannee River Greenway - This greenway runs on an old CSX Railroad corridor from the Suwannee River to the Ichetucknee River, mostly along US 129 and US 27. Several parks are accessible along the way. Park at the Branford Trailhead or Ivey Memorial Park. Across the Ichetucknee River, connect to the Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail for a 25-mile ride total. (Reported: Oct. 2012)

End Points: Suwannee River to Ichetucknee River
Mileage: 12 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 10'
Location: Suwannee County (Branford) (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Suwannee River, Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Little River Springs State Park

More information:
Suwannee Parks and Recreation - Suwannee River Greenway at Branford


Timucuan Trail - A work in progress, the paved Timucuan Trail, north of Jacksonville, will ultimately total about 18 miles from Amelia Island State Park at the north to Kathryn Abbey Hannah Park at Mayport, including a ride on the St. John's River Ferry. It's part of the East Coast Greenway (Maine to Florida). (Reported: July 2017)

End Points: Amelia Island State Park, to George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park, to Big Talbot State Park, to Little Talbot State Park, to Fort George Island
Mileage: 6.5 miles, 18 when complete
Surface: 10-12 feet, paved
Location: Nassau and Duval Counties (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Fernandina Beach Historic District, Fort Clinch, Fort Caroline, Kingsley Plantation, St. John's River Ferry
Support/Advocacy: Timucuan Parks Foundation

More information:
Big Talbot Island State Park
Little Talbot Island State Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Kayak Amelia  (Fernandina Beach, Big Talbot Island)


 

Amelia Island to George Crady Bridge - Starting at Amelia Island State Park (where it connects to the Amelia Island Trail), the trail crosses George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park over Nassau Sound to Big Talbot Island. Watch for the fishermen casting. (Note: At this writing, Crady Bridge was closed at the south end due to hurricane damage, so to reach Big Talbot Island use the bike lanes over the bridge on A1A.)


Big Talbot Island - The next segment of the trail runs through Big Talbot Island State Park, scenic, paved - portions follow the roadway. There are several trail parking areas along A1A with access to hiking trails. Trail ends at Big Pine Trail - eventually will continue on to Little Talbot Island, but for now ride on the bike lane on A1A


Little Talbot Island to Fort George Island - A gap remains, then the trail resumes at Little Talbot Island State Park, running on a wide bike lane along the park road. It cuts over to the bridge at Fort George Inlet, and crosses to Fort George Island. Timucuan Trail over Fort George River bridge - we like the divider! Trail ends over the bridge, eventually it will run to the St. Johns's River Ferry pier, onto the ferry across the St. John's River to Mayport, ending at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.


Woodpecker Paved Trail - This 3.4 mile paved multi-use trail at Big Shoals State Park along the Suwannee River connects the Big Shoals and Little Shoals entrances of the park. Not a major bike ride, but a pleasant diversion if you're in the area, and there also are 28 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. The park has the largest whitewater rapids in Florida, with 80 foot limestone bluffs overlooking the river. (Reported: March 2014)

End Points: Big Shoals to Little Shoals entrances, Big Shoals State Park (CR135, White Springs)
Mileage: 3.4 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Hamilton County (White Springs) (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Suwannee River, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

More information:
Florida State Parks - Big Shoals State Park



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