Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
Park Alerts for Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
Effective 8/1/14, the SR40 Ocklawaha Public Lands Visitor Center located at 3199 NE CR 315 in Ocala is being closed cooperatively by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Park Service (FPS) and the US Forest Service (USFS). This closure is part of an overall streamlining and consolidation effort by both agencies to more efficiently and effectively utilize existing facilities and staff in the nearby area to provide public visitor services and information. Information and services about the extensive outdoor recreational lands and facilities in this area will continue to be offered by the respective agencies.
Crossing Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River is the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway which occupies much of the land formerly known as the Cross Florida Ship and later Barge Canal projects. A series of historic events transformed this corridor from one of the nation's largest uncompleted public works project to a world class greenway.
Today, this 110-mile corridor encompasses diverse natural habitats for observing Florida's native flora and fauna and offers a wide variety of trails and recreation areas. With hiking, biking, equestrian and paddling trails, boat ramps, fishing spots, campgrounds, a barrier-free Boundless Playground® and picnic shelters, the Cross Florida Greenway offers recreational opportunities for all interests and ages.
Hikers enjoy the nature trails which include a portion of the 1400-mile, congressionally designated Florida National Scenic Trail Home to the Florida Horse Park and many miles of loop trails, the Greenway offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore diverse aspects of Florida's wild beauty on horseback. Additional horseback riding opportunities can be found on the nearby lands of the Southwest Water Management District at the Hálpata-Tastanaki Preserve, located approximately four miles east of Dunnellon on the south side of CR 484. The Preserve offers several miles of multi-use, recreational trails and the Pruitt Trailhead which provides non-potable water for horses and an equestrian staging area. The Ocklawaha and Withlacoochee Rivers, traversing opposite ends of the greenway, supply miles of scenic paddling trails. Mountain bike enthusiasts can access more than 80 miles of internationally acclaimed and award winning, off-road bike trails from the Santos Trailhead near Ocala.
Fishing is a popular activity at both ends of the Greenway, from near Palatka where the Rodman Recreation Area offers places to camp, fish, watch wildlife and picnic, as well as the western end near Inglis, which includes Lake Rousseau and the 5-mile, paved Withlacoochee Bay Trail that extends to the Gulf of Mexico. The western end of the Greenway is featured in the Citrus County segment of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
We welcome you to visit these trail and recreation areas within the Cross Florida Greenway: Santos Bike Trails East; Baseline to Marshall Swamp; Land Bridge Trails; 49th Ave. to Land Bridge; SR 200 to CR 484; CR 484 to 49th Ave.; Inglis Island Trails; Withlacoochee Bay Trail.