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In season especially, when parking can be a chore, biking along with hiking is a pleasant way to visit St. Augustine and its historic neighborhoods and sites. Many bike shops and racks lend to a bike-friendly city. The Bridge of Lions provides a route to Anastasia State Park. The St. Augustine area is along the East Coast Greenway (Maine to Key West), and part of the growing St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop (260-miles), new biking opportunities will be presented as these projects progress. (Map link and photos below.)
Map... St. Augustine Area
Location: St. John's County (St. Augustine)
Surface: Pavement or hard packed sand
Nearby points of interest: St. Augustine, Castillo San Marco, Bridge of Lions, Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine Lighthouse, Fort Matanzas National Monument.
The narrow streets and limited parking make St. Augustine popular for bicycling but also for pedestrians. Streets in the historic center are closed to cars but can be full of pedestrians, so use good biking etiquette or walk when crowded.
Ride across the Bridge of Lions and follow A1A onto Anastasia Island to Anastasia State Park - the bridge is marked by sharrows, or bicycles are allowed on the sidewalk (yield to pedestrians). At the park are over 4 miles of beach - we had not realized what a surprisingly pleasant ride the beach at the park is (at low tide!) - and park roads are available for biking. This section is part of both the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop and East Coast Greenway.
From St. Augustine Beach at the intersection at A1A Beach Blvd. proceed west on Pope Road 3/10 mile (passing the YMCA) to Mickler Road. Mickler Road Path runs south about 1.5 mile between the beach and A1A to A St., with an extension along 5th Ave. to F St. It's part of both the East Coast Greenway and St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop.
St . Augustine Lighthouse was built 1871-74, and the Keeper's House in 1876. Climb 219 steps up to the top. Located at the northern end of Anastasia Island, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is a private, non-profit organization offering educational programs and tours (including the popular Dark of the Moon ghost tour), and conducting marine archaeological programs. The organization keeps the light burning as a private navigational aid. Fee applies.
Anastasia State Park covers 1,600 acres with beaches, marsh, hammock and ancient sand dunes. As part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, it supports abundant wildlife and many species of birds. Amenities include parking, restrooms, picnicking, playground, camping and RV camping, paddling launch, concession and restaurant. The Old Spanish Quarry is the site of the King's Coquina Quarry, an archaeological site where coquina rock (a type of limestone) was mined for construction of Castillo de San Marcos (1672-1696). State Park fee applies.
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