Come enjoy the beautiful weather we have here in Florida on the 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 along the Ocklawaha and Withlacoochee rivers. This is the perfect time of year to be out on the water! Or if you prefer, come...
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Shangri-La Trailhead & Campground
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 the Shangri-La Trailhead and Campground is your spot. 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, Shangri-La has a lot to offer.
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 on site 365 days a year. The campground also has nearby supply shops as well as numerous restaurants only a couple of miles away.