The strong beaming summer sun of Florida is finally starting to calm into gentle rays of sunshine. Fall is in the air. This time of year is perfect weather to be outside enjoying the beautiful Cross Florida Greenway! With more than 70,000+ acres and 290 miles of trails for bikers, hikers and equestrians, there is plenty to explore. And for our water lovers, we have many paddling opportunities...
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Cross Florida Greenway - CR 484 to 49th Ave
Welcome to Cross Florida Greenway - CR 484 to 49th Ave
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.
This segment of the Cross Florida Greenway is dominated by longleaf pine sandhill and sand pine scrub natural communities. The area is also site of an historic "digging." Remnants of the Ship Canal project, these features are wide linear areas that were literally carved out of the landscape in 1935, utilizing mostly manual labor in this depression-era project. Today, they exist as reforested, small-scale valleys. Because the bottoms of "diggings" are comprised of clayey soils that hold moisture, they are dominated by loblolly pines that prefer wetter areas than longleaf or sand pines. In many areas, they also offer challenging terrain for trail goers.
From the 49th Avenue Trailhead, proceed on foot, by mountain bike, or on horseback, north and then west to 49th Avenue, where a trail underpass provides a safe, off-grade road crossing. After 49th Avenue, follow trail markers. Trails in this region continue west to CR 484.
There is water for horses in this location, but it is non-potable. Trail users should plan to carry drinking water in this area. The Shangri-La Trailhead features a campground and day use area designed for access to the CFG’s dedicated equestrian trail network. It includes stabilized parking, a picnic pavilion with grill and full service restroom with potable water and a horse wash station.
The campground has 24 sites with resident staffing, a full bathhouse and picnic pavilions with grills.
The campsites are all pull-through with horse tie-up areas and communal water. No power is currently available.
Approximately 3.5 miles natural surface hiking (the Florida Trail).
Approximately 8 miles mountain bike, single track trail.
Approximately 7.5 total miles equestrian, unpaved.
Approximately 3.2 miles multi-use, hardened surface.