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...
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Cross Florida Greenway - Baseline to Marshall Swamp
Welcome to Cross Florida Greenway - Baseline to Marshall Swamp
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 Baseline to Marshall Swamp area of the Cross Florida Greenway offers two trails, providing visitors the opportunity to experience a paved urban trail or escape to a secluded multi-use trail that weaves through the cypress swamp and hardwood hammock communities of Marshall Swamp. Access to both is just minutes from downtown Ocala and Silver Springs. The Greenway's SE 64th Avenue Trailhead provides parking and access to the paved and unpaved trails where they connect, offering an easy opportunity to experience two very different types of trails.
The Baseline Road Trailhead features a five-mile, paved multi-use trail that is situated along former pastures which are being restored to the original, longleaf pine, sandhill community. This trailhead, managed by Marion County Parks and Recreation, offers parking and amenities and, thanks to the generosity of the Felburn Foundation, a barrier-free, Boundless Playground®, designed to enable children of all abilities to learn and play freely together.
The Marshall Swamp trail can be accessed from the Marshall Swamp trailhead, which is adjacent to the Cross Florida Greenway’s Sharpe’s Ferry Office. This unpaved trail provides access to a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail as it runs nearly three miles through Marshall Swamp, a jungle-like, hydric hammock floodplain of the Ocklawaha and Silver rivers.
5 miles, paved multi-use. 3 miles, hardened surface multi-use.