Now that the holidays are behind us it is a great time to get out on the Cross Florida Greenway to enjoy outdoor recreation on the almost 300 miles of horse, bike or hiking trails the Greenway has to offer. A day of mountain biking at Santos or hiking at Ross Prairie is a relaxing way to work off the egg nog and fruit cake that Aunt May brought for the holiday feast! Fishing and paddling the...
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Cross Florida Greenway - 49th Ave to Land Bridge
Welcome to Cross Florida Greenway - 49th Ave to Land Bridge
Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River, the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway occupies much of the land formerly known as the Cross Florida Barge Canal. This 110-mile corridor encompasses a variety of natural habitats and offers an array of trails and recreation areas where visitors can experience Florida's premier greenway.
The trails in the SW 49th Avenue to Land Bridge region provide access to the west entrance of the I-75 trail and wildlife overpass known as the Land Bridge. Landscaped with native vegetation, the Land Bridge joins the east and west sections of the greenway to provide safe passage for hikers, equestrians and bicyclists over Interstate 75. This region of the Cross Florida Greenway is dominated by longleaf pine sandhill and sand pine scrub natural communities and is also site of an historic "digging." Remnants of the former 1930s sea-level ship canal project, these features are wide linear areas that were literally carved out of the landscape to begin excavation of a sea-level canal. Today, they exist as reforested, small-scale valleys. Because the bottoms of "diggings" are comprised of clayey soils that retain more moisture than the surrounding sandy soils, they are dominated by loblolly pines that prefer wetter areas than longleaf or sand pines. In many areas, they also offer challenging terrain and topography for trail goers.
Approximately 2.4 miles/ unpaved hiking (Florida Trail). Approximately 8.7 total miles/ unpaved equestrian. Approximately 11 miles/ unpaved mountain biking.