Rails to Trails 18 Mile Bicycle Trail

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About Rails to Trails 18 Mile Bicycle Trail

The Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail currently runs through the communities of Armstrong, Elkton, and Vermont Heights in northeastern Florida. Much of the route follows State Route 207, hence its former name as the State Road 207 Rail-Trail. Another 10-mile section runs east of the St. Johns River to the Putnam County/St. Johns County line. Eventually, it will connect to the 8 mile section in St. Johns county that is called the Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail (from Merryfield Lane to Putnam County Boulevard in East Palatka). There is currently about a 5.5 mile gap between the two sections. . Views are a mix of woodlands and rural landscapes.

Long-range plans include a connection to the Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail as part of a developing 260-mile, five-county regional network known as the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop. The network is part of the East Coast Greenway.

Parking and Trail Access

A trailhead and parking are available off State Road 207 near Interstate 95 in Vermont Heights at the north end of the trail.

There is a small parking area that was just completed by the county at the end of Louis Broer Road in East Palatka. This is about 1 mile east of the beginning of this section of trail, and about 2 miles east of the St. Johns River. The western end of this section of trail starts at SR17 on the west side of Palatka across from the Italian Latin Grill. There is some parking there as well. This total section of paved trail is about 9.5 miles.

 

Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking