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Florida Trail Guide



Nature Coast State Trail

Nature Coast State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Traversing Florida's beautiful Nature Coast region, this trail provides an excellent opportunity to experience the Sunshine State "off the beaten path." The trail consists of two primary alignments built along abandoned rail lines that intersect at Wilcox Junction, connecting the communities of Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland. Among the trail's highlights is a historic train trestle that allows trail goers to cross over the Suwannee River near Old Town. The trail is also close to nearby Fanning Springs State Park and Andrews Wildlife Management Area. Don't miss this trail, a jewel of the Nature Coast region.

Major Activities:
Walking, Hiking, Biking, Equestrian

Trail Length/Surface: 32 miles paved
Fee: None
County: Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy
Nearby Towns: Chiefland, Trenton, Cross City, Fanning Springs

Notes:
Chiefland Trailhead provides parking and restrooms, and picnic tables.

Trenton Trailhead provides parking, restrooms, and a pavilion

Fanning Springs Trailhead provides parking.

Cross City Trailhead provides parking, restrooms and a pavilion.

Old Town Trailhead provides parking

Equestrian trails parallel some portions of the paved trail and will eventually run its entire length. Currently, parking for equestrians can be found at the Fanning Springs and Old Town trailheads. Contact the trail office for the most recent status of equestrian trails and facilities.

Access/Directions:
Chiefland Trailhead
From Fanning Springs, head south on US 19. Trailhead is located at the Chiefland railroad depot, 2 blocks beyond downtown Chiefland.

Trenton Trailhead
From Fanning Springs, head east on State Route 26. In Trenton, head north (left) on Main Street (US 129). Proceed about 2 blocks to the Trenton railroad depot.

From Gainesville
Head west on State Road 26. In Trenton, head north (right) on Main Street (US 129). Proceed about 2 blocks to the Trenton railroad depot.

Fanning Springs Trailhead
From Chiefland, head north on US 19. In Fanning Springs, the trailhead is on the right, near the Agricultural Inspection Station.

Old Town Trailhead
From Fanning Springs, head north on US 19. Turn right on CR 349 in Old Town. The trail crosses the road 1 block after the intersection. Adjacent to the Old Town Fire Station.

Cross City Trailhead
From Old Town, head north on US 19. Pass through Cross City and turn right on NE 210th, turn left on NE 106th St., parking is at the Cross City depot.

Contact Information:
18020 N.W. Highway 19
Fanning Springs, Florida 32693
Phone: (352) 535-5181


 
 



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