October is Florida’s Greenways and Trails Month and what better way to celebrate than to hike, bike, walk, skate or horseback ride through one of Florida’s many state parks, trails and greenways. Best of all, its free! Here’s my list of the top three Florida greenways to help you help celebrate this Florida holiday tradition.
General James A. Van Fleet State Trail
This nearly straight linear paved trail is located in the heart of east central Florida, just south of Orlando. So if you’re down visiting Mickey Mouse, stop by for some fantastic family fun. Whether you decide to ride the entire 29.2 miles a visit the one curve on the entire trail, or you just stroll down a section to enjoy the wildlife, you’ll have a great time exploring the beauty of one of Florida’s longest paved trails.
Getting there is easy. There are three trailheads; all located near major towns in the area. Check out the Official General James A Van Fleet State Trail Website for more info.
Blackwater Heritage State Trail
This tip-of-the-panhandle state trail and greenway is located almost out of the state. Just north of Pensacola, Florida and north of I-10, access to this park is easy from the interstate. This paved trail connects the two towns of Milton and the Whiting Field US Naval Air Station. Part of the paved trail is maintained by the air base, the rest is state owned.
This western most 10 mile paved trail is mostly rural, with a few homes dotting the trail. Milton trailhead offers picnic pavilions/ shelters, restrooms, water fountain and concession stand that serves snacks and souvenirs. Horseback riders can travel adjacent to the trail as well. To find out more about this awesome Florida greenway, visit the Blackwater Heritage State Trail Website fro more information on trailhead locations.
Cross Florida Greenway
Florida’s most diverse and largest greenway, the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway was once home to Florida’s only barge canal project. This swath of destruction that would have taken place across the entire state, instead turned into a swath of green across the state. There’s plenty to do and see here, so check out the official webpage for more details.