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
  • at the east end of Grandin and SR 100
  • where the trail crosses Holloway Road in Florahome
  • on Roberts Lane (shared with logging trucks)


Peacefull ride

   July, 2016 by rae3748

We started at McDonalds in Keystone Heights and rode all the way east to pavement end just past Roberts Rd. On the return trip we passed McDonalds and picked up the last few miles before returning to our start point. Quiet ride with few other cyclists more

A real contender

   July, 2016 by dbwilkes

The Withalacoochee remains my favorite trail in Florida but this is an admirable 2nd place. Very quiet except for the few miles exposing Hwy 100 and such a nice place to eat at the Keystone hometown restaurant which has some of the best fried chicken more

Nice, cool trail with a bad dog.

   April, 2016 by dtravis1

The trail is excellent. Smooth, mostly straight and long with small grades. Interesting store in Florahome along the trail. Takes you back in time. Nice ride except for one little glitch. We began our ride at the corner of Roberts Ln. and 100. The more