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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). At the south end it 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 damage from Hurricane Matthew, so to reach Big Talbot Island use the bike lanes over the bridge on A1A.) 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)


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 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. 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. (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. 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). (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


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!

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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

Florida bicycle trails, Fort White

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.

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Gainesville-Hawthorne 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 244 miles of hiking and biking trails, equestrian trails, and a 36 mile segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail.

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Gainesville-Hawthorne State 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
:
- Florida State Parks - Nature Coast 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. (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)


Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail - About 15 miles of the total 19 are currently completed with two sections open: one from Vernon 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 other sections are off-road, mostly shady and scenic. Parking available at Vermont Heights, Elkton and East Palatka (see map). 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). (Reported: March 2016; 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. John's 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)


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 here

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

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. (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)


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. (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, St. Augustine Lighthouse, Bridge of Lions, Castillo San Marco, Anastasia State Recreation Area.
More information
:
- Florida State Parks - Anastasia State Park
- Wikipedia - St. Augustine

Bike Shops/Rentals:
- St. Augustine Bike Rentals

Florida 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. (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

Florida biking, St Augustine

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). Starting at Amelia Island State Park, it crosses George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park over Nassau Sound to Big Talbot Island. (Note: Crady Bridge is currently closed at the south end due to damage from Hurricane Matthew, so to reach Big Talbot Island use the bike lanes over the bridge on A1A.) The next segment of the trail runs through Big Talbot Island State Park, scenic, paved - portions follow the roadway. A gap remains, then the trail resumes at Little Talbot 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. 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. (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)


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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