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  • February 2021, updates - Seminole State Forest (eco-biking and hiking, Central Region)
    An eco-biking favorite due to hard-packed roads, good signage and ecological diversity. We re-visited the 6.25 mile park road and added two biking loops, visiting several campgrounds. We hiked portions of the 7.5 miles of Florida National Scenic Trail that runs through the forest.

  • January 2021, new trail added - Goethe State Forest (eco-biking and hiking, North Region)
    Located between Dunnellon and Crystal River, the forest roads are open to bicycles but the many miles of multi-use trails are better suited to hiking and equestrian activities due to sand. The highlight is the Big Cypress Trail and Boardwalk leading to the Goethe Giant, a 900-year-old cypress - Florida's 7th largest.

  • January 2021, new trail added - Lake Norris Conservation Area (eco-biking and hiking, Central Region)
    Activities include hiking, biking, birdwatching, fishing, camping and paddling (access to Blackwater Creek and Lake Norris). The 5.5 mile Lake Norris Trail is multi-use for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. About 2.3 miles from the east trailhead is most bikeable, the remainder better for hiking or equestrian activities (except for the most hard-core mountain biker) due to sand.

  • December 2020, new trail added - Myakka River State Park (eco-biking and hiking, West Region)
    This State Park near Sarasota is known for wildlife viewing. Biking on the 7-mile Park road, many miles of hiking trails. A highlight is the Canopy Walk, a walkway suspended 25 above ground through the hammmock to a 74-foot viewing tower.

  • December 2020, trails added and updated - Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (eco-biking, North Region)
    The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge covers 53,000 acres with diverse activities including eco-hiking and biking.
    New areas visited were:
    - The Nature Drive - 9 mile limestone road suitable for biking, includes diverse habitat and wildlife.
    - River Trail Loop - 3/4 mile hike with a boardwalk to the Suwannee River - the only trail in the Refuge actually going to the River.
    Areas we revisited:
    - Dixie Mainline Trail - 9 mile unpaved trail (an old logging railbed) used by bikes and cars. Several scenic creek crossings.
    - Shell Mound - Archaeological site dating from 1,800-400 years ago. 1/2 mile hiking trail to the Mound with scenic views from the top.

  • December 2020, new trail added - Lake Louisa State Park (eco-biking, Central Region)
    This is one of the best Florida State Parks for biking - 7-miles of paved Park road with bike lanes both sides, making biking very popular (often more bicycles than cars). Plus 20 miles of off-road trails for eco-biking or hiking.

  • December 2020, new trail added - Wekiva Springs State Park (eco-biking, Central Region)
    State Park near Orlando is best known for swimming and snorkeling at Wekiva Spring. Biking on Park roads plus 7.8 miles of off-road biking.

  • November 2020, updates - East Central Regional Rail Trail (a Top 10 trail, Central Region and East Region)
    (1) Noted recent progress on the 3.5 mile trail "gap" between Guise Road and Gobblers Lodge Trailhead. When done, cyclists can ride between Titusville and Orlando without break, which will be the longest uninterrupted section of the Florida Coast to Coast Trail. Stay tuned.
    (2) Visited a new trailhead in Titusville at Draa Park. Once a high school stadium, it's is now an artificial wetlands with many birds. Located just north of the trail bridge over SR 406 in Titusville.

  • November 2020, new trail added - Inglis Dam Recreation Area (eco-biking, North Region)
    This State Recreation Area now includes a 3.5 mile paved trail along with 7.5 miles of unpaved grass trail for eco-biking or hiking. Part of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

  • November 2020, update - Withlacoochee State Trail (a Top 10 Trail, West Region)
    In Inverness, FL, upgrades to the lakeside "Depot District" are complete. The Trail is re-inventing Inverness.

  • October 2020, new trail added - Chain of Lakes Park (Titusville, East Region)
    Built primarily as a stormwater retention project (protecting the Indian River Lagoon), the Park includes a 3-mile paved trail around interconnected lakes, water views, observation tower, many wading birds and alligators. Entrance to Park is across US Hwy 1 from the East Central Regional Rail Trail, so Park also serves as a trailhead.

  • October 2020, update - Biking at Cedar Key (top small town biking, North Region)
    Cedar Key is our favorite Old Florida escape. We added a brief description and photos of a short in-town hike, the Railroad Trestle Nature Trail.

  • October 2020, update - Nature Coast State Trail (North Region)
    Added recommendations on the best trail sections (more shade, less road noise) for pleasant recreational biking. Visitors can select a trailhead and plan their ride to fit their individual wishes. The Trail highlight is the Trestle Bridge over the Suwannee River.

  • October 2020, new trail added - Added Keaton Beach Bike Path (along the Big Bend, North Region)
    This paved 4-mile multi-use trail between Keaton Beach and Dark Island is shared by bikers, walkers, and golf carts.

  • September 2020, update - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (eco-biking, East Region)
    We revisited the berm roads along Gator Creek Rd. Sadly, the south loop appears to be permanently closed and entirely overgrown. With almost all the dirt berm roads now closed, and biking discouraged on Wildlife Drive (too many cars anyhow), the only pleasant biking (weekdays best) seems to be Biolab Road, mostly one-way (south). Still hiking options.

  • August 2020, update - Apopka Loop Trail (eco-biking, Central Region)
    Lake Apopka Loop Trail was shut down for some time due to damage from Hurricane Irma. Now reopened, the trail surface has been improved in some areas.

  • August 2020, new trail added - Brevard Zoo Linear Park (East Region)
    Starting near the Brevard Zoo entrance in Melbourne, the 3-mile trail features a long boardwalk through wetlands and oak hammock.

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