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Basic Cycling Guide

Dixie County

County Road 351
The preferred route has bicyle lanes and begins at Cross City, heading south toward Horseshoe Beach. The route terminates at Horseshoe Beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

County Road 349
This preferred route has bicycle lanes and begins at Old Town (at the traffic light) heading southbound toward the Town of Suwannee. It terminates at the Town of Suwannee.

 

Nature Coast State Trail
This paved rails-to-trails route runs through beautiful hardwood and scrub land, in an old railroad bed. It begins at the railroad depot in Cross City and at Fanning Springs, you may choose to head east into Trenton or south into Chiefland. All towns have restaurants and convenience stores within yards of the trail. The total length of the trail is 32 miles.

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Gilchrist County

Nature Coast State Trail
This paved rails-to-trails route runs through beautiful hardwood and scrub land, in an old railroad bed. It begins at the railroad depot in Trenton and at Fanning Springs, you may choose to head north into Cross City or south into Chiefland. All towns have restaurants and convenience stores within yards of the trail. The total length of the trail is 32 miles.

US Highway 129
This route has bicycle lanes and begins at the county line at the Santa Fe River bridge. At Bell it begins as a cycling club preferred route. It continues south and branches off of US 129 at CR 307 (at Walker's Curve), and terminates at State Road 26 between Trenton and Fanning Springs. Just before the terminus is the intersection with the Nature Coast State Trail. Alternate routes down County Road 341 or CR 232 are marked on the Bicycle Facilities Map.

East-West Routes
Three east-west routes have been marked out as preferred cyclists' routes in north Gilchrist County. They all begin at US Highway 129 and head east. The northernmost route is County Road 138 which passes through the Santa Fe River flood plain and a beautiful hunting preserve. That route turns north on State Road 47 and crosses the river into Columbia County near Fort White. CR 340's route begins at the flashing light at CR 340 and US 129, then continues east into Alachua County. This route takes you past world-famous springs (Ginnie, Blue and Poe) and brings you into the city of High Springs. CR 232's route begins at US 129 just south of Bell and continues east into Alachua County between Newberry and High Springs.

Also read the section below in Levy County, Bronson to Cedar Key, that takes you from Trenton to Cedar Key.

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Levy County

Nature Coast State Trail
This paved rails-to-trails route runs through beautiful hardwood and scrub land, in an old railroad bed. It begins at the railroad depot in Chiefland and at Fanning Springs, you may choose to head north into Cross City or east into Trenton. All towns have restaurants and convenience stores within yards of the trail. The total length of the trail is 32 miles.

Bronson to Cedar Key
This route has bicycle lanes and begins in Bronson at the traffic light at SR 24 (Archer Road) and US Highway Alt-27. Bronson to Otter Creek (11 miles) runs through cypress hammock and the Waccasassa State Preserve and the Devil's Hammock Wildife Management Area. State Road 24 from Otter Creek to Cedar Key are not designated as preferred routes and do not contain bicycle lanes; however, Cedar Key is well worth the ride.
Northwest Routes

Besides the Nature Coast State Trail's Fanning Springs to Chiefland ride, there is a route that takes you from downtown Trenton (at the traffic light) east on SR 26 (Wade Street), south on SE 11th Avenue (CR 319), west on CR 346-A, south on US Highway 129 into Chiefland, then to Cedar Key via US Highway 27-A, CR 330 and CR 347. This is a preferred route with some bicycle lanes. It runs through the cypress hammock and hardwood forests and abundant wildlife lives in this area.

Bronson - Williston - Gulf Hammock
Bronson's scenic route takes you south on CR 337 (which originates near Newberry), east on CR 335 to CR 335-A, then east on CR 343 into Williston. From Williston, proceed south on CR 323 (runs parallel to US Highway 41), east on CR 322 for a slight jog before you turn on CR 323 again, then west on CR 326. The route runs past Henry Beck Park, a quaint little county park that has beach access to the Wekiva River, a spring-fed river that is only a few feet deep at most. The route ends at the boat ramp on the Waccasassa River, in Gulf Hammock.

Be sure to click the link at the top of the page to receive a copy of the North Central Florida Bicycle Facilities Guide.

 

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