This is another Rail/Trail conversion and is very similar to the Van Fleet Trail a few miles farther east. The Withlacoochee State Trail has the distinction of being the longest paved rail/trail in Florida, coming in at a whopping 46 miles. Like the Van Fleet, the trail is wide, relatively straight, with wide shoulders for dogs and horses. The trail is open to walkers, bicyclists, skaters and horse back riders, but in our very limited observation, it is used mostly by bicyclists. Today, for example, we saw one other walker and about a zillion bicyclists.
|Railroad mile marker|
We started at the Ridge Manor Trailhead. We parked at this trailhead to access the River Trail last week. It’s a large parking lot with restrooms and picnic area. Ridge Manor Trailhead is only 6 miles from the southern terminus at Owensboro Junction. Today we walked north for about 2.5 miles then turned around to return to the car.
After our walk we’ve been busy preparing for dinner guests this evening. Tony and Diana will be leaving in the morning, so this is like their sendoff dinner. We’ve also invited other friends to joins us for cocktails beforehand.
With guests coming, I better get busy.
Thanks for tagging along.