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)

Reviews

Best kept secret in N FL

   January, 2016 by vcycle56

We ride the Keystone to Palatka rail-trail often. I'm always surprised there aren't more cyclist on this beautiful asphalt paved Trail. This trail is always clean and the pavement wide, even the trestles are a smooth, pleasant crossing. For a road ...read more

Great Ride!

   December, 2015 by lcoules

We parked at Roberts Ln. Felt safe leaving the car as the parking area was very open and next to the road. We rode out 5 miles and the ride was a breeze. Even though it was unseasonably hot for December we didn't even break a sweat. We plan to park at ...read more

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 ...read more