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Cedar Key - See our Top Ten Listing!
Dixie Mainline Road
Four Freedoms Trail
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail- See Top 10 Listing
Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail
Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail - See Top 10 Listing
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway - See Eco-biking
Nature Coast State Trail
Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail
Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail
Palatka-Ravine Gardens
Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park - See Eco-biking
St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach
Suwannee River Greenway
Woodpecker Paved Trail


Florida bicycle trails, Dixie MainlineFlorida bicycle trails, Dixie Mainline Trail

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. We do not recommended visiting in the summer due to insects and voracious flies, or in October-November during hunting season. 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. (Trip report: 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 (open in a new window):
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Dixie Mainline Trail Guide
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Florida bicycle trails, Four Freedoms, Madison FLFlorida bicycle trails, Four Freedoms Trail, Madison FL

Four Freedoms Trail - This paved trail runs 12 miles north from Madison, FL, to the Withlacoochee River-north on the Georgia border. 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 relatively short stretches. There's a picnic area and observation deck at the river. 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. 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). (Trip report: 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 (open in a new window):
- Madison County Recreation - Four Freedoms Trail

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Florida bicycle trails, Fort WhiteFlorida bicycle trails, Nature Coast Rail-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. (Trip report: 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 (open in a new window):
- Florida State Parks - Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- Florida State Parks - O'Leno State Park


Florida bicycle trails, Nature Coast Rail-TrailFlorida bicycle trails, Nature Coast Rail-Trail

Nature Coast State Trail is built along an abandoned Atlantic Coastline Railroad rail bed. From Fanning Springs in the middle proceed south to Chiefland, or north to the intersection at Wilcox Junction to go to either east to Trenton or west to Old Town and Cross City. A scenic highlight is the Historic Suwannee River Railroad Bridge over the Suwannee River just east of Old Town. Much of the trail parallels US19 and SR26 with little shade, other sections are off-road through forest. Many benches and rest stops. Close to Fanning Springs and Manatee Springs State Parks. (Reported: Sept. 2012; 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 (open in a new window):
- Florida State Parks - Nature Coast State Trail

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Florida bicycle trails, Palatka-Lake Butler State TrailFlorida bicycle trails, Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

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. The trail will run 47 miles when completed, and reach 100 miles via a connector to the planned Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail. The trail between Keystone Heights and Palatka runs largely along Highway 100 but with a wide buffer; other sections run through forest including at Etoniah Creek State Park. 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. (Reported: March 2014; 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)
Bike shops/rentals: Putnam Bicycles (Palatka)
Nearby Points of Interest:
Ravine Gardens (Palatka), St. Augustine, Ocala National Forest, Rodman Dam
More information (open in a new window):
- Florida State Parks - Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

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Florida bicycle trails, Palatka-St. Augustine State TrailFlorida bicycle trails, Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail

Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail - 8.5 miles of the total 19 are currently open, from Vermont Heights (near I-95) to Spuds, FL. Easy to ride, wide and straight trail through forest land and past farms. Eventually, will connect to the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail and be part of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop (a component of the East Coast Greenway). The trail largely follows SR207 with parking (no facilities) at Vermont Blvd. and along SR207 (other parking along the roadway is possible). A section at Elkmont runs next to the roadway with no shade, but other sections are off-road, mostly shady and scenic. (Trip report: March 2016)

End Points: Vermont Heights to Spuds; when completed, will extend to Palatka
Mileage: 8.5 miles; 19 when completed
Surface: Asphalt, 12 feet
Location: Putnam and St. John's Counties (See map)
Bike shops/rentals: St. Augustine Bike Rentals   (St. Augustine), Putnam Bicycles (Palatka),
Nearby Points of Interest:
St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas
More Information (opens in new window):
- Florida State Parks - Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail

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Florida bicycle trails, Palatka, Ravine GardensFlorida bicycle trails, Palatka, Ravine Gardens

Ravine Gardens-Palatka - 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. (Trip report: 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
Bike shops/rentals: Putnam Bicycles (Palatka)
More information
(opens in a new window):
- Florida State Parks - Ravine Gardens

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Florida biking, St AugustineFlorida biking, St Augustine

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. We had not realized what a surprisingly pleasant ride St. Augustine Beach is (at low tide!) and plan to be back. At the park are over 4 miles of beach plus park roads are available for biking. (Trip report: Sept. 2012)

Mileage: Various
Surface: Pavement or hard packed sand
Location: St. John's County (St. Augustine)
Nearby Points of Interest: St. Augustine, St. Augustine Lighthouse, Bridge of Lions, Castillo San Marco, Anastasia State Recreation Area.
Bike shops/rentals: St. Augustine Bike Rentals
More information (open in new window):
- Florida State Parks - Anastasia State Park
- Wikipedia - St. Augustine


Florida biking, St AugustineFlorida biking, St Augustine

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. (Trip report: 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 (open in new window):
- Suwannee Parks and Recreation - Suwannee River Greenway at Branford


Florida biking, Big Shoals State Park, White Oak FLFlorida biking, Big Shoals State Park, White Springs FL

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. (Trip report:  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 (open in new window):
- Florida State Parks - Big Shoals State Park

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See also: Paddling in North Florida

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