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)


keystone rails to trails

   January, 2017 by spangler.jammi

My husband and I had so much fun. The path was smooth. We were easily able to ride side by side. Nice ride to a near by park. read more

Lovely ride on a great trail

   December, 2016 by csgress

We rode 42 miles round-trip from Roberts Lane (easy to park) to Keystone Heights today. This was from endpoint to endpoint, with a look around in Keystone Heights. It is a well-marked, well-maintained trail, shaded in most areas. We carried our own water more

very peaceful ride

   November, 2016 by road bike mike

Rode from Keystone to Roberts Ln ( where the pavement ends ) and back to Keystone. Very nice, smooth, only saw 3 other cyclists and about 6 walkers! Really appreciate the scenery, farmland, cattle, horses, lots of birds. This is real gem. Looking forward more