About 25 miles from our campground is the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail. This multiuse trail is named in honor of the American combat commander and veteran of WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. This 29-mile length of paved trail is open to walkers, bicyclists, and in-line skaters. Horses are allowed to walk along the wide shoulder on either side of the pavement.
There are four parking lots along the length of the trail. The closest one to us is the Mabel trailhead parking lot. It’s large with plenty of room for many cars, including a handicapped van parking area, a shelter with a couple picnic tables, and a restroom. There is even drinking water, which is perhaps more rare at trailheads than restrooms.
The Van Fleet Trail is a rail-trail conversion and is straight as an arrow and flat as a pancake. The trail description says there is a curve along the trail, but wasn’t in the section we walked today. We did see one of the historic mile markers. These markers indicate the distance to Richmond, Virginia, the hub for the railroad line and the home of many of the rail workers. The northernmost section which we were on is located within the Richloam Wildlife Management Area of the Withlacoochee State Forest. As the crow flies, it is relatively close to where we hiked on Saturday.
|Historic mile marker.|
|At the 1 and 2 mile marks, we came across these resting benches.|
After lunch we were able to get our errands run quickly and efficiently. Now, we’re ready to sit out and enjoy the rest of this marvelous day.
We want to welcome our latest followers, Ray and Wendy. They have been RVing for many years in a variety of rigs loving those vacations and weekends away from home. Now, they’re looking forward to the day when they can hit the road full-time. Welcome, Ray and Wendy. We’re glad you’re tagging along.
That’s all for now. Thanks for tagging along.