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Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail

8.5 miles from Vermont Heights (near I-95) to Spuds, FL. Easy to ride, wide and straight trail through forest land and past farms all on paved trails. Eventually, will connect to the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail and be part of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop (a component of the East Coast Greenway). The trail largely follows SR207 with parking (no facilities) at Vermont Blvd. and along SR207 (other parking along the roadway is possible). A section at Elkton runs next to the roadway with no shade, but other sections are off-road, mostly shady and scenic. Many locals do a round trip starting near I-95 to Spuds and back for 17 miles round trip. We see road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes often on this trail.

St. Augustine Historic Downtown

The narrow streets and limited parking make St. Augustine popular for bicycling (but do be careful of the cars). Bicycles are not permitted along St. George street, the main walking street downtown. Century Riders usually use the bike lanes and start at Vilano Beach with a steep climb over the bridge and then head south over the smaller Bridge of Lions continuing on A1A towards Butler Beach.

St. Augustine Beach

It is great to ride on St. Augustine Beach at low tide. Park at the pier and ride north to the end of the inlet on the beach. It is 4 miles each way. Check the tides and if uncertain go South on the beach as there are many exits to escape if the tide comes up making the sand too soft to ride.

Guana River State Park

About 10 miles of mostly beginner and some intermediate scenic trails. Completely flat. Beginners will be right at home on these trails. Intermediates will find trails to be easy, fun to ride in large groups, and good for introducing beginners.

The trails to the North of the park can get a bit challenging with the soft sand and mountain bikes in low gears are recommended to get through many areas.

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

Located on an old Norfolk-Southern Railroad right-of-way, two segments of the planned 47 mile trail are completed (paved): 4 miles at Lake Butler, and 19 miles from Keystone Heights to Palatka. The trail will run 47 miles when completed, and reach 100 miles via a connector to the planned Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail. The trail between Keystone Heights and Palatka runs largely along Highway 100 but with a wide buffer; other sections run through forest including at Etoniah Creek State Park. The main trailhead is at Twin Lakes Park in Keystone, other trail parking along the street in Keystone Heights, in Grandin, in Florahome, and on Roberts Lane in Palatka.

Mileage: 23 paved out of 47 total when completed: 4 miles at Lake Butler, 19 miles from Keystone Heights to Palatka. Surface: Asphalt, 12 feet

Lehigh Greenway Rail Trail Facts

Trail end points: Colbert Ln./Graham Swamp Conservation Area (Palm Coast) and Royal Palms Pkwy. and US 1 (Bunnell)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
The Lehigh Trail, approximately 7 miles, 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 in Flagler Beach. The trail connects US 1 north of Bunnell with Colbert Lane, running through the center of Palm Coast, through Graham Swamp and ending just west of the old Lehigh Portland Cement Company. Surrounded by trees for most of the way, the trail provides a safe, non-motorized way to travel among the cities of Bunnell, Flagler Beach, and Palm Coast. In the 3,000-acre conservation zone of Graham Swamp the trail has elevated views of the surrounding wetlands. Watch here for some of Florida’s wildlife species, including wading birds, waterfowl, deer, otters, foxes and alligators.

The trail has three access points: Colbert Lane, Old Kings Road and Belle Terre Parkway, all of which are approximately 1.5 miles north of SR 100. Parking on the western end is available at the intersection of Royal Palms Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway, and on the southwest side of Palm Coast. The trailhead is just south of Royal Palms on the east side of Belle Terre.


Mountain Bike Trails


Moses Creek Loop- St. Augustine
State Road 206

The trail has large sections with palm roots and some tight switchbacks which tend to slow the flow down on the first half of the trail. There are also so great bridges and technical features currently and being built. The second half of the trail has somewhat of a better flow. (less palm roots- but unavoidable in NE Florida) The Trail is fairly new so the path is being ridden in, however it is marked fairly well (bike signs and blue squares).

Mala Compra

Mostly intermediate trail, with a few red sections towards the middle of the trail. The trail has great canopy throughout and all hardpack, even in the middle of Florida’s brutal summer. The trail contains some pretty good short technical, challenging climbs followed by abrupt, shifty descents. You’ll find a few little bridges over water and some really sweet ridgeline sections with a couple areas leaving no margin for error. Lots of roots towards the end of the trail, almost too much, a bit redundant after a while. The trail is, for the most part, well marked, but a few areas are bit confusing and you may need to stop and think for a second.
Address: 5862 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137

Hana Park

Bring your mountain bike to Hanna for 15 miles of fun single track. There are three main trails, the South trail and Z trail running around the south side of the park, and the E trail on the north side. The South trail is the older trail, and easier than Z, which is newly built to be more challenging. E trail has a couple of reasonably straight stretches where you can actually get some speed, but otherwise the trails are all pretty twisty. Address: 500 Wonderwood Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32233-4614‬

Chuck Lennon

A great single track that is marked very well. All tracks provide an enjoyable ride for moderately skilled riders. There are plenty of bail-outs and bypasses for challenging obstacles. There are currently 5 tracks and a dirt jump area. There is also a small pump track and beginner skills challenge. The wood features throughout the trails are built very well. Plenty of drops and smooth turns. The recently built Wild Turkey will put your skills to work with it’s small bridges and switchbacks. Wild Turkey even features a small drop for daring riders. You won’t leave disappointed with the variety at Chuck Lennon. A bike wash is available.
Address: 5000 Greenfield Dairy Rd, De Leon Springs, FL 3

Graham Swamp

A fantastic long trail with heavy climbs and switchbacks. Not marked very well in some areas, however, following the path is very easy. This trail will take you through different environments: along the swamp, flat woods, rocky hills, and thick forest. Trail can be sandy if it hasn’t rained in awhile. Although there are quite a few flat and smooth areas, it is mostly a challenge with steep climbs and fast drops that’ll be a surprise around the corner. Expect wild life to be roaming around, as this is a conservation area. This trail will undoubtedly leave you beat after 7 miles.

There are restrooms, water, and a bike station about a quarter mile south of the parking lot at the Lehigh Trailhead. You can ride the sidewalk here.
Address: Colbert Road: About half-way between SR 100 and Palm Coast Parkway.

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