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Nature Coast State Trail
Copyright: - Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Nature Coast State Trail
Description - Today, the Nature Coast State Trail spans a mere 6 miles of paved abandoned railroad route. Eventually, the trail will be part of a 31-mile link between Trenton, Chiefland and Cross City.

Attractions - Beginning near the park's entrance, travel along the former railroad bed in a northwesterly direction toward Old Town. You must cross an old railroad tressel spanning the Suwannee River; this can prove challenging for horseback riders. This is a multi-use trail available to horseback riders, bicyclists and hikers. Retrace your path back to the park entrance.

The park also features another trail affording access to the swimming and snorkeling area as well as possible sights of the West Indian manatee. Day users enjoy the picnic, ball field, and boating facilities.

Recreation - Recreation activities include hiking, horseback riding, biking and wildlife viewing.

Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Nature Coast State Trail is located just off U.S. Highways 98 and 19 in the town of Fanning Springs.

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Contact Information:
Nature Coast State Trail - Fanning Springs SRA, c/o Manatee Springs State Park, 11650 NW 115th Street , Chiefland, FL, 32626, Phone: 352-493-6072

Additional Information:
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
North Central Florida - North Central Florida is the site of the state's capitol and an underground cave system that is known worldwide among cave divers.

Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.


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