Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

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The Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail corridor stretches nearly 47 miles from State Route 238 in Lake Butler to west of US 17 in Palatka. Currently, 20 miles of this route are paved and open for public use. The trail follows the bed of the former Norfolk-Southern Railroad right-of-way through Putnam, Clay, and Bradford counties, and will eventually extend into Union county as well.

The open segment runs from Keystone Heights through upland pine woods and a rural setting to the western outskirts of Palatka, where it mostly parallels State Route 100.

The rest of the Palatka-Lake Butler Trail is still under design and construction. There are plans to one day continue the trail toward the east coast of Florida and connect it to the Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking areas can be found, from west to east:

  • along the main street of Keystone Heights (shopping mall parking)
  • at Twin Lakes Park (6065 Twin Lakes Road)
  • at the east end of Grandin and SR 100
  • where the trail crosses Holloway Road in Florahome
  • on Roberts Lane (shared with logging trucks)


Late summer ride 82 in the shade!

   September, 2015 by unclefeathers

We started at Palatka and rode to end of trail just past Keystone at return. Total length round trip is 41.5 miles. Trail condition is excellent. Restroom at Dover field is very nice. This is about 15 miles west of Palatka. About 75 percent is under partial more

A nice ride on a hot day

   May, 2015 by heike.yost

This trail is obviously not finished. The main access point is in the middle of the trail. The short end goes to the northeast through a pine forest with nice sun and ends just before I-95. The southwest portion is along the highway for a bit but then more

Palatka to Florahome nice and shady

   April, 2015 by langtoni

We rode the eastern section of the trail today starting at Roberts Lane just west of Palatka off Rt 100. There is a parking lot for the trail at Roberts Lane, and the trail ends a few hundred feet to the east of the lot. We rode west seven miles to the more