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The Dunnellon Trail runs on a former railbed from Bridges Road in Dunnellon, 2.5 miles along the scenic Rainbow River and across a bridge over the Withlacoochee River to CR 39/US 41 in Citrus Springs. Parking is available at three trailheads (see below). The trail also is part of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Eventually, it will link to the Withlacoochee State Trail (currently, via a street route) and other trails in the planned statewide network. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link - Dunnellon Trail
Location: Marion and Citrus Counties
End Points: Bridges Rd. (Dunnellon), to US 41/CR 39 (Citrus Springs)
Mileage: 2.5 miles
Surface: 12 ft., paved
Nearby points of interest: Rainbow River and Rainbow Springs State Park
Blue Run Bikes (Dunnellon; sales, service)
Bridges Road Trailhead to Blue Run of Dunnellon Park - Located on Bridges Road (down the dirt road, just past the playing fields) in Dunnellon, parking and picnic only. The easy ride is through mixed sun and shade. A 1/4 mile path links to the Blue Run of Dunnellon Park trailhead.
Blue Run of Dunnellon Park - Off CR484 in Dunnellon. A pleasant stop with parking, porta-potties and nature trails. Popular along the Rainbow River as a kayak launch and tuber exit.
Blue Run of Dunnellon Park to Withlacoochee River Bridge - Here is a pleasant and shaded ride along the Rainbow River with scenic views. Then, the Withlacoochee River Bridge seems to appear out of nowhere, with great river views from several observation decks. Historic signs tell how abandoned route of the Cross Florida Barge Canal became the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, and about the old railroad line once transporting phosphate that is now the Dunnellon Trail.
Withlacoochee River Bridge to US 41 Trailhead - Mixed shade and sun continues to the trailhead at CR 39 just off US 41 in Citrus Springs. Parking, picnic, porta-pottie. The trail ends another .2 miles at CR39/US 41 and the road route to the Withlacoochee State Trail.
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