The Nature Coast Rail-Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Traversing Florida's beautiful Nature Coast region, this trail provides an excellent opportunity to experience the Sunshine State "off the beaten path." The trail consists of two primary alignments built along abandoned rail lines that intersect at Wilcox Junction, connecting the communities of Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland. Among the trail's highlights is a historic train trestle that allows trail goers to cross over the Suwannee River near Old Town. The trail is also close to nearby Fanning Springs State Park and Andrews Wildlife Management Area. Don't miss this trail, a jewel of the Nature Coast region.

In the early 1900’s the railroad was replacing the steamship as the freight and passenger carrier of the Nature Coast. Trains hauled crops and timber throughout the Suwannee Valley, making passenger stops in small towns such as Chiefland, Cross City and Trenton. Today you can travel in the shadow of these early trains by retracing their historic route in the Nature Coast State Trail. The 31.7 miles of the Nature Coast Trail connects three counties and five communities.

Source: Florida State Parks

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