Archer Braid Trail


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Archer Braid Trail Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Alachua
Length: 10.9 miles
Trail end points: Maddox Field near 12859 FL-45 and near 4209 SW 71st Terrace (Gainesville)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7680099

Archer Braid Trail Description

The Archer Braid Trail runs for over 10 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 trail currently parallels the south side of Archer Road.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the southern trailhead, at Maddox Field near 12859 FL-45, and at Veteran's Memorial Field at 7400 SW 41st Pl.

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Archer Braid Trail Reviews

Decent Trail-Not Much Scenery

The asphalt surface is in good condition. Most of the trail runs along a highway. The scenery is nothing to get excited about.

Traffic noise

The trial is very nice, shady and wide. However, the noise from the traffic on Archer Road is extremely loud, and the only parking anywhere in Archer is in the sun. My dog can't be in the sun; the car gets too hot.

Great surface

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.

Longer than what is shown on the map

At the east end, the paved trail continues north to Haile Plantation at SW 46th Ave/Haile Blvd. and east to SW 75th street. Plans are for it to continue through Celebration Pointe, a shopping area next to I-75. That area is under construction now.

Nice straight trail, the part through Haile Plantation is shaded and attractive.


I like this trail for what it is

This is not the most scenic trail around but if you're looking for a smooth, well maintained asphalt trail with little to no interaction with cars; this is the one. Great for fitness/speed rides!! I'm a fan.

Inline Review

Pros: - pavement is pretty smooth for the most part, wooded portion not well kept (leaves etc) - pretty sunset - parking that won't Gaye you in overnight (end furthest from SHANDS hospital) - no swerves - adequate width - nice balance of flat and hilly - cows are awesome Cons - no water fountains - can be boring at times - pine needles - non-wooded portion w/ several interruptions w/ crossroads/speed bumps

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