Palatka, FL Hiking Trails and Maps

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6th Street Rail Trail

1.7 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Archer Braid Trail

6.2 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Black Creek Trail

8 mi
State: FL
Asphalt, Concrete

Cross Volusia Trail

5.3 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Halifax River Trail

5.9 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail

14.5 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Lehigh Greenway Rail Trail

6.9 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Northbank Riverwalk

2 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Palatka Urban Trail

2 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail

30.3 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

S-Line Urban Greenway

3.3 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Southbank Riverwalk

1.2 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Spring to Spring Trail

22.2 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

State Route 21 Multiuse Path

7 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Sweetheart Trail

1.5 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Tomoka State Park Trail

2.1 mi
State: FL
Concrete

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
The Black Creek Trail parallels U.S. Highway 17, from Orange Park south to Black Creek Park near Lakeside, FL, just south of Jacksonville. Passing through scenic forest and wetlands, the trail...
FL 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Cross Volusia Trail will one day link the east and west sides of Volusia County, stretching 20 miles from Lake Beresford to the coastal city of New Smyrna Beach. Currently, it runs through the...
FL 5.3 mi Concrete
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
The Halifax River Trail (also known as the Halifax River Greenway) will one day stretch 11 miles from Port Orange to Ormond Beach on Florida’s northeast coast. It’s currently open in two segments...
FL 5.9 mi Concrete
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
The Lehigh Trail is located in Flagler County on a former railroad corridor comprising 195 acres. The railroad spur once carried cement and other materials to and from the Lehigh Portland Cement Plant...
FL 6.9 mi Asphalt
The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross-Florida Greenway is on a mission to create a non-motorized conduit stretching 110 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to St. John’s River in Palatka. The corridor showcases...
FL 15.6 mi Asphalt
Jacksonville's Northbank Riverwalk offers scenic views of the St. John's River and the city skyline. It's also part of a larger effort called the Emerald Greenway, which will connect 14 miles of trail...
FL 2 mi Concrete
The Palatka Urban Trail provides a safe bike-ped route over St. John’s River via Memorial Bridge. The trail is a connector between the Lake Butler-Palatka section and the Palatka-St. Augustine Trail....
FL 2 mi Asphalt
Rolling out of the city’s west side, the Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail offers a slice of quiet paradise, journeying more than 25 miles to Keystone Heights through well-canopied forests, pine...
FL 30.3 mi Asphalt
The Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail currently runs through the communities of Armstrong, Elkton, and Vermont Heights in northeastern Florida. Much of the route follows State Route 207, hence its...
FL 18 mi Asphalt
The S-Line Urban Greenway is a rail-trail that runs just over three miles.
FL 3.3 mi Asphalt
Jacksonville is developing an interconnected 14-mile trail system called the Emerald Necklace. Portions of the route are already on the ground, like the Southbank Riverwalk, which borders the St....
FL 1.2 mi Concrete
If you're traveling to central Florida, you won't want to miss the Spring to Spring Trail, which connects a number of small, friendly towns between Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as many of the...
FL 22.2 mi Asphalt
Paralleling State Route 21, this multiuse path provides an important connection between the charming community of Keystone Heights and Gold Head Branch State Park. The trail begins downtown at a...
FL 7 mi Asphalt
The Sweetheart Trail offers a paved route nestled between Beach Street and the Halifax River in Daytona Beach. It's named after a yacht owned by Charles Grover Burgoyne, a successful businessman who...
FL 1.5 mi Concrete
Tomoka State Park Trail offers a short, paved route through the park in northeastern Florida's Ormond Beach (just north of Daytona Beach). The easy-to-ride trail runs through the woods alongside Beach...
FL 2.1 mi Concrete
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
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The US 92 Trail travels across northern DeLand, closely following the north side of the highway known locally as International Speedway Boulevard because it passes the famous racetrack at Daytona...
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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UF Campus Greenway

Hybrid urban/rural feel

July, 2019 by sirgiant

Nice ride

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (Santos Trailhead to CR 200)

fantastic

June, 2019 by elj317

Once again, I have to tip my helmet to the people planning Florida's biking system!!! I have ridden (and reviewed ) some of the other trails on the planned cross Florida route. The MHC is another shining example of what a State and counties can achieve!!! What a great use of taxpayer money!!! The trail in very well maintained. Very clean. The ride is varied with hills, dense forest, curves, a newer growth forest-all on a nice wide , smooth path!!! I did the 33 mile round trip and am looking forward to the extensions that are planned in the future!!!! Bravo!!!

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Park Trail

beauty and serenity

June, 2019 by davemarshall54

There are parts of this trail that take your breath away, with lakes and streams and boardwalks that take you out into nature. The trail is well maintained with lots of shade. It’s awesome!

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Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail

1st time riding extended path

May, 2019 by staugbikers

Love the newly paved path. (4 stars) there’s a bathroom near the cemetery/picnic area. (Didn’t see it until we were driving to Palatka) The only thing I didn’t like about the newly built portion...no shade. The bridges were cool and we did see some gators and turtles. Maybe ride it in the early morning or late afternoon during the hot months. Just a thought...

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.

Spring to Spring Trail

Pleasant and well used

April, 2019 by martinf

We rode from the Lake Monroe Park TH at the southern end near I 4 expressway to Gemini Springs. My wife is not an experienced bicyclist and does not ride longer distances or on the road. She loved this trail! It is very scenic with shaded board walks or smooth asphalt surfaces. It is moderately busy with cyclists, walkers and skaters. The people are courteous + unusually friendly. We had several great conversations when asking the locals for information. Past Gemini Springs it becomes more suburban along roads, but the initial portion is mostly wooded. We turned around and drove to Green Spring which is beautiful but emits sulfur odor.

Tomoka State Park Trail

Great adventure

April, 2019 by flatcoatfun

A fun adventure I almost did not come because of the short mileage but discovered a gem of a park and ended up completing 7.7 miles in exploring the park and trail.

Inside the park the trail is not marked, I just rode on the hardpacked shell roads and explored, outside the park entrance, there is a beautiful concrete wide trail that is totally shaded, a beautiful gem but that section is short.

I parked inside the Tomoka state park (do have to pay a fee to enter) at the "Tomoka Outpost" which unfortunately is closed on Wednesday as it seemed to have everything. The restrooms were open, and the view of the river/intercoastal was fantastic.

Parking was confusing at first, by the outpost most of the parking spaces are for cars with boat trailers as that is also the boat launch. Right next to the building they reserve a bunch of spots for customers/quick drop offs. There is a lot more parking right across the streets but no signs to direct you there.

I first road north on the hard packed crushed rock/sand road and had no problems on my hybrid bike. I even rode my bike on the nature trail (on one end marked .5 miles and on the other end marked 1 mile) it was hard packed and just wide enough for the hybrid. I explored several side roads, one leads to picnic areas on the intercoastal and that road has some big dips that could fill with water but must drain fast as it rained the night before and they were dry but muddy for my ride, I could easily avoid on the edges. The other side road leads down to the RV camping area.

Upon leaving the park entrance, you cross the road and that is where the concrete and totally shady trail is. Beautiful but that section is short.

You can continue on down N Beach street on a sidewalk all the way to Ormond Beach at W Granada Blvd. You don't have views of the intercoastal but the houses are nice and it could make for a nice ride. There are some pretty gardens at Granada Blvd and you can also connect to the Halifax River trail (really a sidewalk but with an intercoastal river view)

I only take 1 star away for the lack of signage, and its a fun adventure on a hybrid bike or mountain bike. Not a road bike trail.

Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail

6 April ribbon cutting ceremony in Hastings

April, 2019 by airscanpilot

Attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday 6 April, 2019. About 200 people...riders, trail group pavilions, dignitaries, and trail friends. Official opening of the last link from Spuds thru Hastings to the rest of the segment starting west of Hastings. Beautiful run. Got a newly broken in 40.6 mile bike saddle butt on the new Palatka to St Augustine State Trail, which will become another finished segment of the St Johns River 2 Sea Loop, a 250 mile loop in north central Florida.

Parked in Hastings FL and went east out first to the end of segment near I-95 heading towards St Augustine 24.2 miles out and back. Then headed west to the trailhead in Palatka. 16.4 miles out and back. Little sore in the saddle the last few miles. Overall. A great day, and a new daily distance record. 283 total miles recorded in the first two months of trail biking in central Florida. Mostly rails to trails corridors.

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (Santos Trailhead to CR 200)

All I can say is it is definitely worth the trip. Beautiful trail, well maintained and friendly people.

April, 2019 by jgt1972

All I can say is it is definitely worth the trip. Beautiful trail, well maintained and friendly people.

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (Santos Trailhead to CR 200)

How to build a trail

March, 2019 by bannerman

Great trail with lots of curves and hills to keep it interesting.Also a lot of shade and few road crossings. Other then Santos trail head there is no water available which can be an issue. Bike rentals available at Santos trail head.

Palatka-to-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.

Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail

Great Florida Biking Trail

March, 2019 by mferna731

This trail is great when it comes to biking in Florida. Beautiful scenery, lots of forest riding and farms. Few miles of highway riding. Can make this ride 50+ miles easily.

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