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Cycling heaven: Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway( PHOTO COURTESY AMERICAN TRAILS )
For the serious cyclists, nothing can top the challenge of biking coast-to-coast on one of Floridas cross-state trails. The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway is among the most beautiful of these trails, traversing 110 miles of swamps, rolling hills and dense forests.
One of the more innovative segments includes this land bridge, which allows hikers, bikers and wildlife to cross busy Interstate 75 south of Ocala. The 52-foot wide, 200-foot long structure follows a natural ridge to minimize environmental impact.
Built largely along the failed Cross Florida Barge Canal, nature and history come in equal doses on this trail, which runs from Inglis east to the St. Johns River. Innumerable side trails offer off-road adventure and exploration, and abundant wildlife habitat affords the chance to see Florida black bears, deer, alligators and even manatees.
Getting There: Download trail maps with trailhead directions for each segment of the trail at www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/cfgtrails.htm. For more information, you can call Call 352-236-7143.