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This multi-use trail (biking, walking/hiking, horseback riding) runs about 6.7 miles parallel to US 301, between John B. Sargeant Park and Hillsborough River State Park. The trail follows the old Fort King Road - once an Indian trail, it's now US 301. Fort King (near Ocala), was established in 1827 as a buffer between the Seminole Indians and settlers moving into the territory, and played a role in the Second Seminole War. The Fort was abandoned in 1846 and dismantled by locals for use as building materials. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link - Old Fort King Trail
Location: Hillsborough County (Thonotasassa)
End Points: John B. Sargeant State Park to Hillsborough River State Park
Mileage: 6.7 miles along Hwy. 301 North
Surface: Asphalt 12', packed dirt
Nearby points of interest: Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
The first 2.4 miles from Sargeant Park (parking, restrooms, picnic, fishing, hiking, boating/paddling) is paved, a portion shares the roadway with autos (private driveway crossings). The remainder is off-road through forest at Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve and Hillsborough River State Park. The trail at the State Park is best for fat tires/mountain bikes only. Due to heat but mostly due to bugs, we recommend this as a cold-weather ride!
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