Nature Coast State Trail is built along an abandoned Atlantic Coastline Railroad rail bed. The trail starts just west of Cross City and goes east to Trenton. The first mile is away from the road, then runs along US 98 starting in Cross City. At Wilcox Junction in the middle, a leg runs south to Fanning Springs and Chiefland. A scenic highlight is the Historic Suwannee River Trestle Bridge over the Suwannee River just east of Old Town. Much of the trail parallels US 98/19 and SR 26 with little shade, other sections are through forest. Many benches and rest stops. Future plans are to extend east to Newberry. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link... Nature Coast State Trail
Location: Dixie, Levy, Gilchrist Counties
End Points: Trailheads at Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland.
Mileage: 32 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 12'
Nearby points of interest: Suwannee River, Manatee Springs State Park, Fanning Springs State Park
The trail starts about 1.25 miles west of Cross City - the Cross City Trailhead (parking, restroom, picnic) is located at the old rail depot. It continues along US 98 then branches off to follow secondary roads into Old Town (9 miles). Parking is at the intersection of SR 349, park along the fence - no other amenities. From here it's about 3/4 mile to the Historic Suwannee River Trestle Bridge and another 1.5 miles along SW 85th St. to Wilcox Junction.
Continuing east from Wilcox Junction along SW 85th Place, it's about 1.5 miles to SR 26. The trail then continues 7.5 miles east to Trenton alongside SR 26, some sections buffered by trees. The Trenton Trailhead (parking,restroom) is at the old train depot.
From Wilcox Junction, the trail runs south 1.75 miles where it rejoins US 98 at Fanning Springs - the Fanning Springs Trailhead (parking) is here. The trail continues south 9 miles along CR 207 then crosses US 98 (Main St.) at Chiefland. The Chiefland Trailhead (parking, restroom, picnic) is here at the intersection - the old rail depot is now the Chamber of Commerce.
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