Nature Coast Trail: Gilchrist County


Our first daycation of 2016 included a 22 mile bike ride on the Nature Coast State Trail. We started the ride at the trailhead just off US 19 in Fanning Springs, south of Fanning Springs State Park.

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From the trailhead we rode about three miles toward Old Town to the Suwannee River Bridge (just had to make a stop on the old bridge on the famous river) before turning back to pick up the trail to Trenton.

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This portion of the trail was clearly labeled with mileage markers, something I appreciate, and bordered rural neighborhoods, farmland and Trenton Elementary School. Of course we had to stop at the school to check out their recently renovated 1930s gym.

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The next leg of our ride took us to Trenton where we stopped at the Train Station for a quick snack before visiting the quilt museum and then heading back to Fanning Springs.

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Somehow we we managed to avoid riding in the rain and then concluded our Gilchrist County adventure with a picnic lunch overlooking Fanning Springs where we were surprised to find a half dozen manatee swimming in and around the roped off spring. A nice bonus!

 

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