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The Good Neighbor Trail runs 10 miles east from Brooksville along a former Florida Southern Railroad narrow gauge railway line. Part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, it links to the east with the Withlacoochee State Trail and to the west a connector (under construction) links to the Suncoast Trail. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link - Good Neighbor Trail
Location: Hernando County (Brooksville)
End Points: Russell Street Park to Withlacoochee State Trail
Mileage: 10 miles
Nearby points of interest: Weeki Wachee
The trail starts at the intersection of Russell and Main Sts. (from where it will eventually link to the Suncoast Trail) and runs 2/10 mile west through Russell Park to the Brooksville Trailhead. From the Trailhead it continues eastbound from Brooksville, the road crossing at US 98 (1/4 mile) being the largest intersection - be very careful. Past here is wooded and mostly away from roads with a few crossings. Past Mondon Hill Road is a power line corridor, and then a fenced-off area past a gun club. The trail emerges from the woods to run parallel to Richbarn Rd. to Weatherly Rd. This ends the first section of trail completed.
The trailhead at Russell Street Park in Brooksville has parking, restrooms, picnic tables, a gazebo, and historic exhibits - the 1885 Train Station and the One Room School House. Plans are to relocate other buildings to the site, creating a historic village.
The 2nd section of trail completed starts off along Richbarn Road, roadside in sections and with a wooded buffer in others. This section is rural with some road crossings and driveways at private residences. It includes some moderate grades.
Through Withlacoochee State Forest (Croom Tract) the trail is very remote - straight and with only moderate grades, his is great for long-distance bikers. Bring water. A couple of forest roads cross in this area, as well as the Florida National Scenic Trail. The trail ends at a "T" where it meets the Withlacoochee State Trail.
Riding the Good Neighbor Trail and 5 Miles on the Withlacoochee Trail with our friend Dave at Phonamana
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