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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. Together, they comprise a 6.4-mile path that links neighborhoods, businesses, transit stops, a private aviation terminal and the University of Florida campus. Trail goers can cross SW Archer Road to connect to the UF Campus Greenway to cut across the school grounds.
At SW Depot Avenue and S. Main Street/SR 329, the trail connects with the scenic Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. While there are no formal trailheads, you can access the route from a number of road crossings. Additionally, the Gainesville Depot has been restored and offers limited parking at the intersection of South Main Street and Depot Avenue.
At the north end the Waldo Road Greenway is particularly well landscaped and passes numerous public transportation connections. Be aware that the trail narrows at intersections and at a couple of the transit stops. The Depot Avenue Rail-Trail picks up just beyond 2 miles from the Waldo Road/University Avenue intersection. Threading through neighborhoods and industrial areas, it never loses its community essence.
Across the trestle, you'll join the Kermit Sigmon Bike Trail. Named for a local mathematics professor and great bicycling advocate, the trail leads west past both Shands and Veterans hospitals, and hospital employees use it as a commuter corridor. Although the route continues another 2 miles west, it's probably best to end your trip here; the Archer Road crossing poses a significant hazard, and its narrow sidewalk flanks the wrong side of the road for westbound cyclists.
The route offers numerous access points, particularly along Waldo and Archer roads, where the trail intersects with SW 13th and South Main streets, and on several side streets. Additionally, the Gainesville Depot has been restored and offers limited parking at the intersection of South Main Street and Depot Avenue.
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