Shangri-La Trailhead & Campground
Mirror Installation at CR 475 & CR 475-A Underpasses
Paved trail users and equestrians riding in the vicinity of CR 475 and CR 475-A underpasses should be aware that the Cross Florida Greenway has installed convex mirrors at CR 475 and CR 475-A to aid in seeing opposing bicycle and equestrian traffic. The mirrors are intended to improve your situational awareness at these locations. Please use them to your advantage and report any maintenance issues to 352-236-7143.
8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
No fee required for day-use
Welcome to Shangri-La Trailhead & Campground
If you are looking for an idyllic spot to go camping during Florida’s mild winters, or if you are looking to hike, bike and particularly to take a horseback ride, then this is your place.
Located along the southern boundary of the Cross Florida Greenway in the rolling sandhills 5 miles west of I-75 off of the County Road 484 exit. Situated just south of one of the historic sea-level Cross Florida Ship Canal diggings, Shangri La provides optimal access and overnight opportunities to explore the myriad network of well-marked trails through xeric hammock.
Imagine what it must have been like during the Great Depression when thousands of workers armed with picks and shovels worked incessantly to dig toward the bedrock and water table below to facilitate a canal below sea-level. Now, 80 years later the scars have healed, but the excavated berms still stand as reminders of hardships and endeavors long gone. Towering pines, oaks and mixed hardwoods now cover the lands and provide habitat for whitetail deer, fox squirrels, wild turkey, bobcat and more.
Shangri-La has an ample day-use equestrian and bike trailhead with a picnic pavilion and restrooms with potable water. The campground has 24 campsites available that can be reserved via Reserve America up to 11 months in advance. The compacted shell sites have communal water and a full bathhouse facility. The sites do not have power; however, generators are acceptable to use except during quiet hours. There are also two covered picnic pavilions in the campground. Campground hosts are on-site 365 days a year. The campground also has nearby supply shops as well as numerous restaurants only a couple of miles away.