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Bike Cedar Key

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Cedar Key is our top choice for small town bike rides. Listed on the National Historic Site Register, Cedar Key is what Key West was 50 years ago - a step back into Old Florida. The entire town (3 keys) makes for a great ride. It's about 13 miles total if you bike the circumference of the three connecting keys and take in all the interesting side streets. Biking is just part of the allure. Rent a kayak, try some fishing, or just relax - you can find your niche. This is an out-of-the-way place, so much so that most Floridians have never been here. It's also very laid back, one of a kind, and we love it. (Detailed map and photos below.)

Cedar Key Island Hotel

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Town of Cedar Key


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Mileage: Various
End Points: While there is no specified bike trail, the entire town is good for biking.
Surface: Mostly paved
Location: Levy County. The heart of the Cedar Keys, Cedar Key is located 50 miles southwest of Gainesville, 3 hours north of Tampa, and 3 hours west of Jacksonville. (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, Atsena Otie Key, Shell Mound archaeological site, Cedar Key Historical Museum, Cedar Key Museum State Park

BIKING AT CEDAR KEY, FLORIDA... Comments and Photos

When you're on Cedar Key and there's sunshine, you won't need a car. Other than a sidewalk/bike path along a portion of the causeway into town and another on Way Key leading to the Museum State Park, this is street biking. But no worries, as things move slowly here. Bikes (and golf carts) are part of the culture. Many locals bike to work. Some motels keep an assortment of old beach cruisers for the use of their guests. Most people don't bother locking their bikes, but if you have a nice one, we recommend doing so.

Note: Distances given are all measured from the Cedar Key Historical Museum.


Old Main Street (2nd Street)

Slow down and look around... check out the Island Hotel (1859) bar and lobby. Restaurants, galleries, gift shops, museum. Many original buildings.


Dock Street

Shops, restaurants, accommodations, fishing pier (watch out for the pelicans). City beach and park, marina and boat ramp are on the east end of the street.


Along the Causeway (Rt. 24)

The only road in and out of town - 21 miles to US19. Motels, restaurants, boat ramp/launch. Clam farms grew as a new industry after Florida outlawed gill nets in 1995.


Beachside (G Street)

Gulfside on west side of the island - great sunset views! Homes, motels. G Street is the only connector to other keys - to reach the airport, cemetery and museum state park (below).


Airport

About 1.4 miles from downtown. The George T. Lewis Airport (KCDK). The runway is now fenced in (not shown in some older photos here).


Cedar Key Cemetery

The cemetery is about 1.2 miles from town. Cemetery Point Park has a boardwalk with views of the saltwater marshes.


Cedar Key State Park Museum

Ride to the Cedar Key Museum State Park on Way Key about 1.8 miles from town. Includes the Saint Clair Whitman House, home of the the founder of the first museum in Cedar Key.

Surrounding area - more to see in the Cedar Keys and Suwannee National Wildlife Refuges

Atsena Otie Key

The site of the first town in the Cedar Keys, a mill provided wood for Eberhard Faber pencils until leveled by the Hurricane of 1896. Today, accessible by water - we kayaked, about a mile.


Shell Mound

14 miles from town. Built up by native inhabitants of the Middle Archaic to Woodland Periods between 1,800 and 400 years ago. A hiking trail to the mound, observation deck. Nearby campground.


Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

53,000 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Suwannee River, dedicated to protect the water quality of the historic Suwannee River. Birdwatching, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing.


History

Cedar Key is one of the Cedar Keys, a cluster of islands. The second oldest town in Florida, named for the Eastern red cedar that was important to its early economy. Once an important port and western terminus of the Florida Railroad, the Hurricane of 1896 dealt a blow to the economy and the railroad moved its hub to the Port of Tampa. A visit to the two museums - Cedar Key Historical Museum (on the N.W. corner of D and 2nd Streets) and Cedar Key Museum State Park (on Way Key about 1.8 miles from downtown) - are good orientation points and worth the visit to learn more.

Related Links:

Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce

www.VisitCedarKey.com - Tourism Guide, Kayaking, Travel, Lodging, Vacation Rental

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