Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

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The Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail corridor stretches nearly 47 miles from SR 238 in Lake Butler to west of US 17 in Palatka. Currently, 19 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, Union, Clay, and Bradford counties.

The open segment runs from downtown 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)

Reviews

New 1.5 mile extension winter of 2014

   November, 2014 by otherland

A new 1.5 mile extension of trail has begun and should be completed by the end of 2014. It will extend the trail 1.5 miles westward of SE57 St. back to State Road 100. This extension is west of Keystone Heights. After completion there will be almost 21 ...read more

Beautiful, peaceful hike!

   August, 2014 by ladeeofthe.lake

I haven't done much on a bike on this trail but I do frequently walk it from the trail head at Twin Lakes Park and also starting in town from Wendy's parking lot. If you want a less public walk start at the trail head in the evening. Even on an August ...read more

Great Sunday ride

   August, 2014 by burgi3

I started at the Twin Lake park and headed toward Palaka. There was plenty of parking. The restroom was clean. Two big pluses at a trailhead. The trail was good and there was lots of shady spot on this 97 deg day. I rode 13 mile and was taken by the scenic ...read more