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

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

States: Florida
Counties: Marion
Length: 15.6 miles
Trail end points: Santos Trailhead and County Road 200
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10260436
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking

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

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 the flora and fauna of the state, with plenty of options for every kind of traveler including hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers and equestrians. The trail surfaces vary from segment to segment, with some being paved, others gravel and others packed dirt.

The segment from the Santos Trailhead to County Road 200 is an example of a paved, multiuse pathway. The route is 15 miles long, an easy walk, run or ride with posted speed limits for cyclists. As the trail rolls and curves on, it intersects or overlaps with mountain-biking single-track, equestrian trails and even the Florida National Scenic Trail.

The Santos Trailhead is a popular starting point. It has parking, restrooms and showers, camping facilities, picnic areas and an equestrian staging area. It’s also the base for the Ocala Mountain Bike Association, which has constructed a pump track at the Santos Trailhead as well as dozens of miles of single-track. The asphalt trail heads west to the next trailhead.

After riding the shaded trail for about 6.5 miles, you will come to the Landbridge Trailhead. The actual Land Bridge is about a mile past this point. Far from an ordinary overpass, this bridge is rich with native vegetation, feeling like seamless continuation of the trail. Both human beings as well as wildlife such as raccoons and opossum use the bridge to cross the highway. There is a viewing area in the middle overlooking the busy roadway. The surface is not paved, and hikers, bikers and equestrians share the path for the length of the bridge.

Having left the Land Bridge, the 49th Avenue Trailhead comes into view after about 2.5 miles. Here, there is parking, a picnicking area and a portable restroom. A ¼-mile connector trail leads from the parking lot to the trail. There is less shade on these final 5.5 miles. They’re also moderately hillier. The paved portion of the trail ends at the CR 200 Trailhead, although mountain-bike trails and other unpaved tracks continue from there.

Other paved portions of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross-Florida Greenway include Dunnellon Trail and Withlacoochee Bay Trail.  

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and restrooms are available in Ocala at the Santos Trailhead Campground (3080 SE 80th St.) and at the Landbridge Trailhead (11100 SW 16th St.); horse trailer parking is also available at the latter trailhead. An additional trailhead with a dirt parking lot and a potable toilet (no potable water) is available at 12555 SW 49th Ave.

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

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!!!

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

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.

Accordion

Beautiful trail, but limited access. The Ross state park pavilion area only about a quarter mile away on state road 200. Please build a feeder trail.

This is a wonderful trail for biking, running, dog walking, etc. great for road bikers and mountain bike trails galore off the paved trail. Everyone in Marion country should try it & you’ll be coming back as often as you can.

I really like this trail. It is shady most of the way. It crosses a few small roads in the beginning. The rest of the way it tunnels under roads and there is bridge that goes over I-75. There are mirrors at turns so you can see if anyone is coming. Clearly marked signs and crosswalk where other trails crossover. The entire trail is 15.66 miles and ends at 200 for now. There are plans to extend it to Dunnellon. Theres a Walmart a mile and a half from the end. I the scenery is beautiful and there were a couple of people out riding horses. Overall I felt very safe on this trail.

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