Union Depot at Lake Butler Trailhead
Clay County Side
Clay County Side (2)
Lake Butler Bridge
Playground and Pavilion at Twin Lakes Park
Pavilion at Twin Lakes Park Trailhead
The paved multi-use trail passes by the historic union railroad depot that has been renovated to include restroom facilities.
A paved, multi-use trail passes under the shade of trees on either side, while rays of sun filter through the leaves.
A paved, multi-use trail passes under the shade of trees on either side, while rays of sun filter through the leaves.
This trail starts at the Lake Butler Trailhead and shows the paved trail extending in the foreground out to the background. There is a metal bridge crossing a stream in the middle of the photo.
A covered picnic pavilion with picnic tables is next to a playground with an open field in the background.
A covered picnic pavilion with picnic tables and trees in the background

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Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail

Welcome to Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail

Though still in development as a paved, multi-use recreational trail, the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail is situated in one of the most picturesque areas of the state and is warmly welcomed by this northeast Florida region for the enhanced quality of life and economic benefits it offers many small towns and communities. The trail corridor stretches nearly 47 miles from west of US 17 in Palatka to State Road 238 in Lake Butler, as it runs along the former Norfolk-Southern Railroad right-of-way through Putnam, Clay, Bradford and Union counties. Purchased with Preservation 2000 funds through the Florida Greenways and Trails Acquisition Program, the Rails to Trails Conservancy played a key role in preserving the corridor for conversion to a rail-trail. It was designated as part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System in 2007 and is being constructed by the Florida Department of Transportation in segments as funding becomes available.

Trail Length/Surface

Beginning in Union county, the Lake Butler Trailhead section has approx. 4 miles of paved trail.

Between Bradford County, at S.E. 57th Street in Keystone Heights, and Putnam County, at Roberts Lane, there is approx. 19 miles of paved trail.

There are approx. 24 miles of trail still in various stages of design, planning, and development.

 

Activities

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