A community coalition to promote bicycle & pedestrian safety in Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida.

National Trails Day Bike Ride: June 9th at 9am

Come celebrate National Trails Day with a terrific bike ride on the Nature Coast State Trail. Ride lengths are available for all levels and ages (including families with children), from just a few miles up to 64 miles for experienced cyclists who choose to ride the entire trail. All rides start at about 9am in Trenton, Florida (approx. 25 miles west of Gainesville on Newberry Road State Route 26).

A fun, open, very low-key ride on the smoothly paved Nature Coast State Trail for all levels of bicyclists, including children. Family ride groups are encouraged. The old railroad bridge where the Trail crosses the Suwannee River near Old Town is a favorite option (about 12 miles from Trenton). The original machinery which made the bridge pivot to allow steamboats to pass can still be seen from the bank of the river below the trail. The rural landscape along the trail offers a peaceful atmosphere complete with live oaks and wildflowers.

All rides start at 9:00 AM (or thereabouts) from the Old Train Depot, 419 North Main Street in Trenton. Maps of the trail will be provided at the starting point in Trenton. There will be refreshments at the Depot and there are convenience stores along the trail. There is a Dairy Queen under the live oaks in Cross City. The ride is not otherwise supported. For information, contact Kirk.Marhefka@dep.state.fl.us or 352-535-5181. Helmets are required for children under 16 and recommended for everyone.

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