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.