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

Is now and is going to be a great trail

   March, 2014 by khrysinwythe

Rode the 18 miles that are paved between Keystone Heights and north of Palatka on Sunday February 16th. It was a beautiful day and a great trail with a good paved surface and a variety in scenery. Looking forward to further development ( soon I hope, ...read more

FANTASTIC

   March, 2014 by vcycle56

Beautiful new trail, new pavement, in the woods and alongside pastures with cows and horses and country views. There are ponds and creeks with bridges to cross. Occasional highway crossings with convenience stores nearby. The trail is off the road from ...read more

Rainy Day Ride on December 14th

   December, 2013 by OldTerry

This is a very nice trail. I rode Eastward from a park in Keystone to a marker that said 21.5 miles and the Markers were counting back to zero. I may be mistaken but it looks like this trail may be 35 or 40 miles in length once it is completed. My wife ...read more