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Florida Eco-Biking... Dixie Mainline Trail

Dixie Mainline Trail, part of the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), runs about 9 miles in Florida's Big Bend area, near the coastline between Horseshoe Beach and Suwannee. Not exactly a bike trail, but a bike route on an old light logging railbed - open to cars, bikes, and pedestrians, with some Refuge hiking trails leading from the roadway. Auto traffic is light with slow speed limits, so suitable for biking if you want to view mostly natural, untouched habitat up close. Pick up an interpretative guide at the kiosks at the entrances (or download below). (Map link and photos below.)

Dixie Mainline Trail, Florida eco-biking

Map link... Dixie Mainline Eco-biking


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Location: Dixie County (Suwannee)
End Points: Horseshoe Beach (SE 357 Hwy) to Suwannee (SE 349 Hwy)
Mileage: 9 miles
Surface:
Limestone
Nearby points of interest: Suwannee River, Horseshoe Beach, Shired Island

DIXIE MAINLINE TRAIL... Comments and Photos

The road can be flooded and impassable on occasion. We don't recommend the summer due to insects and voracious flies. October-November is hunting season, check hours (usually over in afternoon).


Dixie Mainline Trail

Speed limit is 15mph, many roll slower. Some of the best views are from the bridges over the tidal creeks - cypress swamps, pine forest, hardwood hammock, marsh islands and tidal creeks. The diverse habitat includes various plants and wildlife - alligators, turtles, herons, egrets, ibis, owls, and small mammals. At Shired Creek Bridge and Johnson Creek Bridge, it's possible to hand launch kayak or canoe off the side of the road.


Shired Island

One of many campsites for kayakers along the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail, Shired Island is a nearby point of interest, with facilities. From the intersection of Dixie Mainline, north entrance, take CR 357 southwest towards the Gulf of Mexico (a picturesque drive itself). The road ends on Shired Island; camping, boat launch, small fishing pier, short hiking trail, and the only restroom for miles.

Also visit us: Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail

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