Cycling on the Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail

Two people on bicycles ride along a paved trail surrounded by trees.

Hit the Trail!

A superb resource for cyclists, the scenic Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail connects St. Augustine to Palatka, traveling through the communities of Elkton, Armstrong, Hastings, Armstrong and East Palatka. 

Originally a Rails-to-Trails project, the 19-mile paved, asphalt trail runs parallel to State Road 207 and includes views of mixed woodlands and rural landscapes. Several small communities along the trail such as Hastings and Palatka offer amenities and a number of great local restaurants that will add to your day out on the trail.

With a little planning, those looking for an extended experience can connect with the Palatka to Lake Butler State Trail, a corridor that stretches an additional 47 miles from west of U.S. 17 in Palatka to State Road 238 in Lake Butler. Make sure to swing through downtown Palatka on your way to State Road 100, just west of the Palatka Airport, to experience a unique Florida Trail Town experience.

The Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail is also a part of the St. Johns River to Sea Loop. This 260-mile multiuse trail is the longest loop trail underway through the American Southeast. The character of the loop ranges from resort towns to rural hamlets, and from coastal dunes to springs. The loop links a national seashore, Florida State Parks, national monuments, national wildlife refuges, springs and museums. A journey through Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns and Putnam counties can begin on the Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail.  

Safety Concerns

  • Helmets are recommended for all cyclists. Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and younger.
  • Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Obey all traffic laws.
  • When bicycling on a trail or dirt road shared with hikers or equestrians, be respectful of others. Learn more about our state park rules and trail etiquette.
  • Bicycles, including electric bicycles, may be used on trails designated for bicycle use with the park system, consistent with Section 316.20655, Florida Statutes.
  • All bicycles should operate in a safe manner.
  • Please obey all posted speed limits.
  • Please be aware that cross traffic does not stop. It is the responsibility of the trail user to stop at all street intersections.