Blountstown Greenway Bike Path

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Blountstown Greenway passes through the heart of the charming town of Blountstown, the seat of Calhoun County in the Florida Panhandle. The paved trail's lush natural surroundings are a haven for wildlife. The trail's northern end is pine forest and gently rolling hills that give way to swampy lowlands as it ventures toward the Apalachicola River.

A highlight of the route is the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement on the north end of the trail. With several historical buildings in a rustic farm setting—a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, grist mill and others—the museum provides a glimpse of life in Northwest Florida during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Mid-trail, exhibits inside the restored depot at M&B Railroad Memorial Park tell the story of the Marianna and Blountstown line on which the rail-trail was built. Out front, the railroad's original steam locomotive #444 is a cheerful sight with its cherry-red caboose. With less than 30 miles of track, the railroad was Florida's shortest, but it was so important to the region that the M&B was dubbed "Meat and Bread." During its long tenure, from 1909 to 1972, it carried, at one time or another, agricultural products, lumber, manufactured goods, mail and passengers.

The rail-trail is designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, a hiking and backpacking route that stretches more than 1,000 miles from the Georgia border to the Everglades.

Parking and Trail Access

There are three major access points with parking for the Blountstown Greenway: Sam Atkins Park on the trail's north side, Neal Landing Public Boat Ramp on the trail's southern end (where River Street meets the Apalachicola River), and midway at the M&B Train Park at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and N. Pear Street.

Reviews

Nice, easy riding trail

   December, 2013 by sabercat

I've ridden on the trail many times. It is an easy and maintained trail. It is a great trail for the hot summer because most of the trail is under the cover of trees. This is an excellent running trail because it is mostly flat and quite scenic. I have ...read more

A Gem

   October, 2013 by billbrockman

This trail was on our way from the beach to the Tallahassee area on SR 20 so we had lunch in Blountstown and found the trail with some help from the restaurant staff. Hint: the trail runs under SR 20 on the east side of town so you will not see it from ...read more

Nice early morning ride

   October, 2010 by cmb762

Nice scenic trail... fairly smooth pavement and wide path. Slight incline along some portions of the route (especially near the park). Several stops along the route for road crossings but they are well marked and easy to negotiate. We started from ...read more