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6th Street Rail Trail

1.7 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Archer Braid Trail

6.2 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Four Freedoms Trail

12.3 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail

12 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail

14.5 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Nature Coast State Trail

32 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

25.8 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

State Route 21 Multiuse Path

6 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

UF Campus Greenway

2.6 mi
State: FL
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The West 6th St Trail utilizes an abandoned rail corridor that runs partially parallel to West 6th Street, through an urban area of Gainesville. The paved hiking and biking pathway connects to the...
FL 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Archer Braid Trail runs for 6 miles between the cities of Archer and Gainesville in north-central Florida. Future construction will continue the trail east to the University of Florida. The paved...
FL 6.2 mi Asphalt
Much of the Four Freedoms Trail in northern Florida lies on the former Valdosta & Southern Railroad right-of-way. The trail was jointly constructed by Madison County, the Suwannee River Water...
FL 12.3 mi Asphalt
Connecting the university town of Gainesville with rural Hawthorne, this 16.5-mile trail makes for a great day trip, complete with a hill or two and plenty of wildlife. While the path roughly...
FL 16.5 mi Asphalt
This 12-mile paved path joins two outstanding north central Florida state parks, Ichetucknee Springs and O'Leno. The greenway goes through the town of Fort White and includes a little rolling terrain....
FL 12 mi Asphalt
Just west of bustling downtown Jacksonville, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail, one of north Florida's oldest, traverses a rural setting of hardwood uplands, wetlands and pine flatwoods. A dense...
FL 14.5 mi Asphalt
One of the Sunshine State's best-kept trail secrets, the Nature Coast State Trail connects five small rural towns—Cross City, Old Town, Fanning Springs, Trenton and Chiefland—along a T-shaped, 32-mile...
FL 32 mi Asphalt
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, 25 miles of this route are paved and open for public...
FL 25.8 mi Asphalt
Although the State Route 21 Multiuse Path is not scenic, as it closely parallels its namesake roadway, it does provide an important connection between the charming community of Keystone Heights and...
FL 6 mi Asphalt
Suwannee River Greenway includes an east-west route between the Suwannee and Ichetucknee rivers, as well as a short north-south section the starts mid-way between the two rivers and heads to the Santa...
FL 14 mi Asphalt
The UF Campus Greenway was completed in 2016 and now winds across the University of Florida in Gainesville, uniting the east and west sides of the sprawling school grounds. The beautiful, paved trail...
FL 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Waldo Road Greenway, Depot Avenue Rail-Trail, and Kermit Sigmon Bike Trail are seamlessly connected as part of Gainesville's ever-expanding rail-trail network, offering users three trails in one....
FL 6.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete

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Four Freedoms Trail

FL - 12.3 miles

Much of the Four Freedoms Trail in northern Florida lies on the former Valdosta & Southern Railroad right-of-way. The trail was jointly constructed by Madison County, the Suwannee River Water...

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Park Trail

FL - 16.5 miles

Connecting the university town of Gainesville with rural Hawthorne, this 16.5-mile trail makes for a great day trip, complete with a hill or two and plenty of wildlife. While the path roughly...

Archer Braid Trail

FL - 6.2 miles

The Archer Braid Trail runs for 6 miles between the cities of Archer and Gainesville in north-central Florida. Future construction will continue the trail east to the University of Florida. The paved...

Waldo Road Greenway - Depot Avenue Rail-Trail - Kermit Sigmon Bike Trail

FL - 6.4 miles

The Waldo Road Greenway, Depot Avenue Rail-Trail, and Kermit Sigmon Bike Trail are seamlessly connected as part of Gainesville's ever-expanding rail-trail network, offering users three trails in one....

Accordion

6th Street Rail Trail

FL - 1.7 miles

The West 6th St Trail utilizes an abandoned rail corridor that runs partially parallel to West 6th Street, through an urban area of Gainesville. The paved hiking and biking pathway connects to the...

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

FL - 25.8 miles

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, 25 miles of this route are paved and open for public...

Nature Coast State Trail

FL - 32 miles

One of the Sunshine State's best-kept trail secrets, the Nature Coast State Trail connects five small rural towns—Cross City, Old Town, Fanning Springs, Trenton and Chiefland—along a T-shaped, 32-mile...

UF Campus Greenway

FL - 2.6 miles

The UF Campus Greenway was completed in 2016 and now winds across the University of Florida in Gainesville, uniting the east and west sides of the sprawling school grounds. The beautiful, paved trail...

State Route 21 Multiuse Path

FL - 6 miles

Although the State Route 21 Multiuse Path is not scenic, as it closely parallels its namesake roadway, it does provide an important connection between the charming community of Keystone Heights and...

Suwannee River Greenway at Branford

FL - 14 miles

Suwannee River Greenway includes an east-west route between the Suwannee and Ichetucknee rivers, as well as a short north-south section the starts mid-way between the two rivers and heads to the Santa...

Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail

FL - 12 miles

This 12-mile paved path joins two outstanding north central Florida state parks, Ichetucknee Springs and O'Leno. The greenway goes through the town of Fort White and includes a little rolling terrain....

Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail

FL - 14.5 miles

Just west of bustling downtown Jacksonville, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail, one of north Florida's oldest, traverses a rural setting of hardwood uplands, wetlands and pine flatwoods. A dense...

Nature Coast State Trail

FL - 32 miles

One of the Sunshine State's best-kept trail secrets, the Nature Coast State Trail connects five small rural towns—Cross City, Old Town, Fanning Springs, Trenton and Chiefland—along a T-shaped, 32-mile...

UF Campus Greenway

FL - 2.6 miles

The UF Campus Greenway was completed in 2016 and now winds across the University of Florida in Gainesville, uniting the east and west sides of the sprawling school grounds. The beautiful, paved trail...

Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail

FL - 12 miles

This 12-mile paved path joins two outstanding north central Florida state parks, Ichetucknee Springs and O'Leno. The greenway goes through the town of Fort White and includes a little rolling terrain....

Archer Braid Trail

FL - 6.2 miles

The Archer Braid Trail runs for 6 miles between the cities of Archer and Gainesville in north-central Florida. Future construction will continue the trail east to the University of Florida. The paved...

Accordion

Suwannee River Greenway at Branford

FL - 14 miles

Suwannee River Greenway includes an east-west route between the Suwannee and Ichetucknee rivers, as well as a short north-south section the starts mid-way between the two rivers and heads to the Santa...

Four Freedoms Trail

FL - 12.3 miles

Much of the Four Freedoms Trail in northern Florida lies on the former Valdosta & Southern Railroad right-of-way. The trail was jointly constructed by Madison County, the Suwannee River Water...

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Park Trail

FL - 16.5 miles

Connecting the university town of Gainesville with rural Hawthorne, this 16.5-mile trail makes for a great day trip, complete with a hill or two and plenty of wildlife. While the path roughly...

State Route 21 Multiuse Path

FL - 6 miles

Although the State Route 21 Multiuse Path is not scenic, as it closely parallels its namesake roadway, it does provide an important connection between the charming community of Keystone Heights and...

Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail

FL - 14.5 miles

Just west of bustling downtown Jacksonville, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail, one of north Florida's oldest, traverses a rural setting of hardwood uplands, wetlands and pine flatwoods. A dense...

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

FL - 25.8 miles

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, 25 miles of this route are paved and open for public...

6th Street Rail Trail

FL - 1.7 miles

The West 6th St Trail utilizes an abandoned rail corridor that runs partially parallel to West 6th Street, through an urban area of Gainesville. The paved hiking and biking pathway connects to the...

Waldo Road Greenway - Depot Avenue Rail-Trail - Kermit Sigmon Bike Trail

FL - 6.4 miles

The Waldo Road Greenway, Depot Avenue Rail-Trail, and Kermit Sigmon Bike Trail are seamlessly connected as part of Gainesville's ever-expanding rail-trail network, offering users three trails in one....

Archer Braid Trail

FL - 6.2 miles

The Archer Braid Trail runs for 6 miles between the cities of Archer and Gainesville in north-central Florida. Future construction will continue the trail east to the University of Florida. The paved...

Suwannee River Greenway at Branford

FL - 14 miles

Suwannee River Greenway includes an east-west route between the Suwannee and Ichetucknee rivers, as well as a short north-south section the starts mid-way between the two rivers and heads to the Santa...

Nature Coast State Trail

FL - 32 miles

One of the Sunshine State's best-kept trail secrets, the Nature Coast State Trail connects five small rural towns—Cross City, Old Town, Fanning Springs, Trenton and Chiefland—along a T-shaped, 32-mile...

State Route 21 Multiuse Path

FL - 6 miles

Although the State Route 21 Multiuse Path is not scenic, as it closely parallels its namesake roadway, it does provide an important connection between the charming community of Keystone Heights and...

Accordion

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Park Trail

FL - 16.5 miles

Connecting the university town of Gainesville with rural Hawthorne, this 16.5-mile trail makes for a great day trip, complete with a hill or two and plenty of wildlife. While the path roughly...

Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail

FL - 14.5 miles

Just west of bustling downtown Jacksonville, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail, one of north Florida's oldest, traverses a rural setting of hardwood uplands, wetlands and pine flatwoods. A dense...

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

FL - 25.8 miles

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, 25 miles of this route are paved and open for public...

UF Campus Greenway

FL - 2.6 miles

The UF Campus Greenway was completed in 2016 and now winds across the University of Florida in Gainesville, uniting the east and west sides of the sprawling school grounds. The beautiful, paved trail...

6th Street Rail Trail

FL - 1.7 miles

The West 6th St Trail utilizes an abandoned rail corridor that runs partially parallel to West 6th Street, through an urban area of Gainesville. The paved hiking and biking pathway connects to the...

Waldo Road Greenway - Depot Avenue Rail-Trail - Kermit Sigmon Bike Trail

FL - 6.4 miles

The Waldo Road Greenway, Depot Avenue Rail-Trail, and Kermit Sigmon Bike Trail are seamlessly connected as part of Gainesville's ever-expanding rail-trail network, offering users three trails in one....

Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail

FL - 12 miles

This 12-mile paved path joins two outstanding north central Florida state parks, Ichetucknee Springs and O'Leno. The greenway goes through the town of Fort White and includes a little rolling terrain....

Four Freedoms Trail

FL - 12.3 miles

Much of the Four Freedoms Trail in northern Florida lies on the former Valdosta & Southern Railroad right-of-way. The trail was jointly constructed by Madison County, the Suwannee River Water...

Recent Trail Reviews

Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail

More Than I Expected

April, 2019 by heochief

WoW what a fantastic trail. We started our journey in Baldwin at the trailhead which is a former rail station. WE traveled towards Jacksonville. The trail offers great sights. The trail is flat as well as paved. The trail cuts through wooded areas that offer a ton of wild life. We saw a Black Snake (actual name as well as color) not poisonous, Turkeys, Turtles, Eagles. We did not expect this trail to be as good as it is. Take water on this trip. There are rest areas about every five miles apart. We rode the trail in April on a sunny and 85 degree day. We found other cyclist on this trail to be natives and very friendly and glad to have out of towners riding the trail. This is a connector trail and even though the traffic at times was heavy it was always well spaced apart. Enjoy this one.

Four Freedoms Trail

Not a Great Ride

April, 2019 by mathteacher45

I rode this trail on 3/27/19, the day after a thunderstorm. Be that as it may, the trail is not well-maintained. The leaves were piled up almost to the pedals at places, lots of cracks and breaks in the asphalt and there were lots of exposed tree roots that were not marked. The area is quiet, beautiful, the trail does not seem well-used. I only passed 3 people along my ride.

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

5 stars

March, 2019 by vinesjim

Rode from Keystone Heights to end-of-trail in Palatka. 10 miles Keystone Heights to Florahome; 12 miles Florahome to Palatka. There are some mile markers on the trail but it can be confusing. The end-of-the trail in Palatka is MM6 (why not 0). So if you are at MM16, you are actually 10 miles from Palatka. The trail is in great condition! A small part of the trail (10 yards) is covered by water but it was only a few inches deep and easy to cross. There is also a small parking lot on Forest Hills Road in Melrose adjacent to the trail.

Accordion

Archer Braid Trail

Great surface

March, 2019 by beckykuhns

Trail had a great surface for biking, but not much for scenery. 3/4 of the trail runs out in the open along a highway. The rest was through a nice wooded area.

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Park Trail

great. day!!

March, 2019 by elj317

First of all, the weather today was perfect. Sunny and 68!!! Started at the Hawthone trail head and rode into Gaisville with a 3 mile rt detour to an overlook . All total-38 miles. Great trail. The standing water mentioned in other posts is not a factor. Maybe 50feet of water but not too deep. The rest of the trail is very nice. A lot of things to see-preserves, overlooks etc. I have done a lot of trails in Florida and on the East Coast. This is a very nice one-peaceful. Some minor inclines but nothing to worry about. Seems safe, clean and well maintained. The trail has a connector into Gainsville -a nice little city-where you can hook into some other trails.

Four Freedoms Trail

Long way between rest stops

March, 2019 by NormR

We began our ride at the little park in Pinetta where we used the restrooms before heading towards Madison. The first couple of miles was littered with branches and upheavals from tree roots, but soon improved. Although the trail parallels the highway, there is enough distance between the two that the moderate traffic is not much of a distraction. The biggest detractor for us was that in our 19 mile round trip ride there were no other restrooms until our return. As we ride slow, and my wife is disabled, it was a real inconvenience. Other than that it was a pleasant ride.

Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail

beautiful trail

March, 2019 by NormR

We parked at the Larry M Carrol Memorial Park in Baldwin, where we used the restrooms in the restored depot. We first rode to the Brandy Branch Road trailhead before turning around and riding 7 miles back towards Jacksonville and then returning to Baldwin.
The trail is in great shape, and is shaded most of the way. People were friendly and polite. As the description cautions to beware of coral snakes I kept an eye out, but still nearly ran over a little rough green snake on the path. He was as surprised as me. I understand coral snakes do not strike, but must chew their way into your flesh, so I sure wouldn’t let any fear of them detour me from this beautiful trail.

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

Nice trail - map needs updated

March, 2019 by NormR

It appears the map for this trail needs updated. Per directions, we drove 8 miles from Palatka on 100 to find a parking area, not realizing we were paralleling the trail that must now connect to the town of Palatka. On the return drive we passed a parking area only 3 miles from the town. The trail itself was quite nice. We rode 14 miles round trip, but would have appreciated restroom facilities somewhere along the trail. The trail was smooth and flat, passing forest and field.

Nature Coast State Trail

A Disappointment

February, 2019 by tdnoe

I like rural trails because they typically feature longer uninterrupted stretches, interesting scenery and are quiet. This is not the case with this trail.

While the surface of the Nature Coast trail is in generally excellent condition, the trail is set too close to highways heavily traveled by semis and logging trucks, as well as general traffic. If you want to ride and enjoy the sounds of nature, forget this trail.

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

Very Peaceful

February, 2019 by triedham

Started about 6 miles east of Roberts Lane trailhead. Parking available off Rt. 100. Rode west to Holloway, then north to Etoniah Creek forest entrance, then east and south on hard dirt road back to trail. Had lunch at the only picnic table or bench we came across on the whole ride.

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

February 2019 ride

February, 2019 by passagerider

Trail is flooded at the 22 mile marker (from the start point at Palatka) since Hurricane Irma in Oct 2018 . About 10-12 inches deep and 100 yards. Okay for a mountain bike IF you keep your speed up and don't worry about wet feet. But the grade there will need improvement by the state.

My wife and I rode from the Twin Lake Soccer field eastward to the flooded area and then westward back to route 100 at the 32 mile marker. 20 miles total. Enjoyed the ride very much. The trail overall is in great shape and very smooth. Low traffic and under utilized compared to the Baldwin trail. Great asset for the region.

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

Nice Trail

January, 2019 by msteinberg

Nice trail. Smooth surface and wide. We went cycling after a few days of rain and wind, so the trail had a significant amount of debris on it (sycamore gumballs, branches, twigs etc.). We were on road bikes, so it wasn't the best day to cycle the trail. We look forward to cycling it again when pathway is clearer.

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