Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

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Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail

Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail
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Very good

Jacksonville, FL1 contribution
Tough and rugged
Apr 2021
I just rode my bike on about 22.5 miles of this trail (each way), starting from the north end at Lake Butler to near Hwy 301 at Hampton. The first 4 miles were paved. The next segment is on a county road for about 1.5 miles, then a little over 1.5 miles on very busy State Road 100, then a little over 2 miles on a very soft sand road which was almost impossible to pedal through, then the remaining 13.5 miles on an old railroad bed. The surface was the coarse rock that you typically see on a railroad bed. This was very difficult to pedal on. The rocks would send the front wheel off to the left or right. Also very bumpy requiring slow speed in super low gear.

I did have a bobcat visit my campsite in early evening and saw 4 deer on the trail the next day.
Written April 7, 2021
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Middletown, DE1,963 contributions
Loved this trail
Mar 2020
My husband and I were vacationing in St Augustine in early March and decided to try this trail. It took us about 20 minutes to drive to a trail head in Vermont Heights I think. We did a 14 mile potion of the trail between Vt Heights and west of Hastings and were smitten. It was wonderful. We took our mountain bikes, but this trail would be great for roadies. There were places to stop with facilities. There were a few major road crossings, but they were well marked and had traffic lights for safety. It was a great tour through old Florida. I would definitely ride this trail again if in the area.
Written April 14, 2020
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David S
Lake Butler, FL20 contributions
Beautiful Trail, Hidden in Plain View
Mar 2018 • Friends
If you are seeking a nice nature trail, then give this one a try. It begins at the TrailHead in downtown Lake Butler, and this portion of it goes through town for a mile and then meanders through the woods and ends at New River. Paved trail length is four miles. Deer, rabbits an occasional turtle are a few of the creatures you might find along the path.
Written May 5, 2018
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Paul C
Jacksonville, FL366 contributions
Worth the trip!
Jul 2017 • Friends
It's a great place to ride - we were out on a Saturday around 11 am and had the section we were riding to ourselves. The path is paved for 20 miles, the road surface is in good condition and it's wooded so you ride in the shade.

It's a little off the beaten path and I'll bet it will be more of a destination once it connects north and south with some more populated rail trails - meanwhile it's a good place to visit while it's still considered a secret.

The trail is straight, flat and narrow which makes it wicked fast so be careful out there!
Written July 18, 2017
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Frank R
9 contributions
Keystone Heights to Roberts Lane of the Palatka Lake Butler State Trail
Oct 2016 • Couples
My wife and biked the section of the Palatka to Lake Butler State Trail on Saturday for the first time. It will not be our last. The trail is 12 feet wide and parallels SR 100 W, which makes for easy access but doesn't provide for road related detractions. Most of the time you are unaware that there is a State Road close by. Recently had hurrican Matthews, the trail was already cleared and perfect for riding.

There is the Tangled Oaks Vineyard and Wine shop in Grandin (loved it). The Florahome Station, historic structure with active retail business - neat collectibles. Also unique placees, parks and State Forest to emmerse yourself in all along the trail.

Great scenery, some long grades to challenge you only a little. As you work your way west, get into the sand hills of Florida and a little more challenging but also very scenic. Not a lot of roads to cross but be careful, motorist are not always mindful of your exsistence. Limited restroom, water, parking and Trailheads but those that are available are well spaced so if you plan a little in advance, no problem. You can find plenty of restaurants and the like in Keystone Heights.

The eastern terminous Trailhead is Roberts Lane and is a dirt parking area with immediate access to the trail. The stabilized parking is in Etoniah Creek State Forest a couple of miles on Holloway Road. The next stabilized area is at the Florahome Trail head about 6.5 miles west of Roberts Lane on the trail. Unless you are coming from the west or want to cut off over 6 miles of trail, use Roberts Lane. There is parking at the Putnam Hall Trailhead and the Twin Lakes Trailhead (near western terminous). Check the trail out on the internet.

My wife and I do a lot of biking and prefer the trails. You can do anything from 8 miles to 40 miles round trip and this trail is enjoyable regardless of the distance. One of the best and best maintained. Can't wait until they get more of it paved. Another section , east has been approved and money secured. Should start construction in 12 to 18 months. Go and check it out yourself.
Written October 31, 2016
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George E
Gainesville, FL381 contributions
One Of Florida's Best Bike Trails
Feb 2014 • Friends
The Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail has been a long time coming, and it is far from complete, but what is available to ride now is great. It stretches from the North edge of Keystone Heights to a temporary point near Palatka. On the city limits of Palatka it picks up again, and a route is finished through town and over the big bridge across the St. Johns River. A good put-in point is Keystone Heights, which gives the rider more than 30 miles of paved trail to ride. An extension out to Gold Head Branch State Park provides added mileage, and the Park roads are fun to ride. The Trail has been well-engineered and constructed, and passes through some beautiful scenery along the Central Ridge of Florida. This trail is recommended to all bicyclists who want to avoid the busy highway, and to enjoy Nature.
Written March 5, 2014
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