Riding Close to Home

Less than five miles from home, the Baseline trail head of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway provides quick and easy access to a recreational area perfect for walking or bike riding when time doesn’t permit an all day adventure. A series of loops connect to give walkers and cyclists five miles of paved trails.

We’ve ridden the Baseline section of the trail a couple of times. It’s a great place to go for a short ride after work since we can load up the bikes and be there in 15 minutes.

The Cross Florida Greenway occupies the land formerly set aside for the Cross Florida Barge Canal, an abandoned project that’s provided a recreational corridor with trails for hikers, equestrians, and paddlers as well as cyclists. Picnic areas, campgrounds, and boat ramps are also enjoyed by users of all ages.

We’ve ridden the Withlacoochee Bay Trail at the western end of the Greenway but much of the remaining trail requires a mountain bike due to the rough terrain so we’ll have to walk the Land Bridge and Marshall Swamp sections. More close to home opportunities to explore another of Florida’s State Parks.