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Good Neighbor Trail... West Florida

Bike Trail is Part of the FL Coast-to-Coast Trail

The Good Neighbor Trail runs 13 miles at 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 to the Suncoast Trail. (Map link and photos below.)

Good Neighbor Trail

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Location: Hernando County (Brooksville)
End Points: Russell Street Park east to Withlacoochee State Trail; construction underway west to SR 50
Mileage: 13 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Weeki Wachee

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Brooksville Bicycle Center (Brooksville; sales, service)
Crank Works (Brooksville; sales. service)
Trek Spring Hill (Brooksville; sales, service)

 Page Summary:

  1. Biking the Good Neighbor Trail
  2. Trail Section 1 (4 miles)
    - Russell St. to Weatherly Rd.
    - Brooksville Trailhead
  3. Trail Section 2 (6 miles)
    - Weatherly Rd. to Withlacoochee State Trail
    - Withlacoochee State Forest
  4. Trail Section 3 (3 miles)
    - Russell St. to SR 50
  5. More Information and Resources
 

 

Biking the Good Neighbor Trail... Comments and Photos

Brooksville, founded in 1856 and county seat of Hernando County, is one of six Trail Towns along the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail (C2C). The Good Neighbor Trail runs through three city parks and Downtown Brooksville with welcome amenities for trail users, and the city is working to enhance these resources. The trail was completed with an official opening in May 2024 - a short but important gap on the C2C is now filled.

Good Neighbor Trail - Section 1 (4 miles)

Russell St. to Weatherly Rd.

The original start of the trail is at the intersection of Russell and Main Sts. (from where it will eventually link to the Suncoast Trail, see Section 3 below)) 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.


Brooksville Trailhead

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.

Good Neighbor Trail - Section 2 (6 miles)

Weatherly Road to Withlacoochee State Trail

The 2nd section of trail completed east from Weatherly Road 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 the Forest

Through Withlacoochee State Forest (Croom Tract) the trail is very remote - straight and with only moderate grades, 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 Good Neighbor Trail ends at a "T" where it meets the Withlacoochee State Trail.

Good Neighbor Trail - Section 3 (3 miles)

Russell St. to SR 50

The 3rd section of trail is now complete, these photos were taken during construction, we'll update after re-visiting, Starting from Russell St., the first half mile had been completed along S. Main St., W. Liberty St. and S. Bailey Ave. to S. Broad St. Construction continued along S. Broad St., through Tom Varn Park, and along Jefferson Rd. (SR 50A) to SR 50/Cobb Rd. A new bike/ pedestrian bridge crossing SR 50 had been constructed, completing the link to the existing connector to the Suncoast Trail.

Russell St. to S. Broad St.

Bridge at SR 50/Cobb Rd.

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