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Reported: October 2020

Keaton Beach Path... North Florida

Paved Bike Trail in Florida's Big Bend Region... Map & Photos

Keaton Beach is located along shallow Gulf waters in Taylor County, in Florida's remote Big Bend region. The nearest towns are Steinhatchee (20 miles south) Perry and (30 miles north). This is fishing country, with scalloping also popular in season. In an effort to boost tourism, recreation, and safety, this 4-mile paved path now runs from Keaton Beach Coastal Park (aside CR 361, Beach Road) to Dark Island Road. While not a "destination" bike trail, if you are in the area, it's the only paved, off-street biking for miles. We passed a few golf carts on our ride, but all were courteous, with no problems sharing. (Map link and photos below)

Keaton Beach Path

Map link... Keaton Beach Path

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Location: Taylor County
End Points: Keaton Beach Coastal Park to Dark Island Road
Mileage: 4 miles
Surface: 10-12 feet, paved
Nearby points of interest: Hodges (Keaton) Beach, Forest Capital Museum State Park (Perry), Steinhatchee

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  1. Biking on Keaton Beach Path
    - Keaton Beach Coastal Park to Dark Island Road
  2. More Information and Resources

Biking on Keaton Beach Path... Comments and Photos

Keaton Beach Coastal Park to Dark Island Road

Keaton Beach Coastal Park, across from the Keaton Beach Boat Ramp, offers parking, restrooms, and picnicking. The bike path starts from the parking lot, winds around the Park and then crosses CR 361 (Beach Road). From here it runs alongside the roadway to Dark Island Road, including some views of marsh and wetlands. The road to the boat ramp can be busy with vehicles pulling trailers, so the path is a welcome way for locals with bikes and golf carts to get around. Note: the actual beach is at Hodges Park (small beach, pier, picnic, playground), along the canal and down the street from Coastal Park.

Keaton Beach Coastal Park

Along Beach Road

More Information and Resources

Nearby Biking:

Nature Coast State Trail
North FL Region - More trails plus Regional Overview map

Nearby Paddling:

Kayaking along the Big Bend at PaddleFlorida.net

Related Resources:

Taylor County Parks & Recreation

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