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Old 07-24-13, 10:32 PM   #1
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Palatka Trail Festival Aug 17

On August 17th Palatka will be celebrating the grand opening of the 4 mile Rail Trail that goes through Palatka and over the Memorial Bridge. Although the road has ample room for cyclists to ride over the bridge it is always filled with tire puncturing debris. Now we have a trail separated from the traffic over the bridge. This is just one segment of the trail that will eventually go from St. Augustine to Lake City. There is also a morning road ride on the same day before the official opening of the trail.

Here are the links to the PDF files (suitable for printing) for the poster and the flier if anybody would like to take a look.

The ride flier ..... https://app.box.com/s/8q4x32lifhzrd44mqm9j

The poster for the Trail Festival ..... https://app.box.com/s/ik787y0vvcjjjqig745r


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Old 07-28-13, 08:02 PM   #2
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Great to hear. Haven't been posting or reading much until today but have been riding but mainly just on the weekends as work keeps getting in the way. My husband and I were just up that way camping at Gold Head Branch last week. We decided to ride the trail and headed towards Keystone Heights. We could never find a trail head but finally found the one at Grandin and headed east as the trail headed west was closed. But, it only went about 4.5 miles east and stopped where they were working on it. So, we turned around and headed back to the truck and loaded it up. We headed back west and found another trail head. I think it was called Twin Lakes? But, it looked pretty deserted and by that time it was noon and just too hot. We ended up riding mostly around the campground. There are some pretty challenging hills in there. Glad to hear they are continuing to finish this trail. I'm sure we'll get back up that way to ride.
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The 3 repair sections west of Grandin are all paved now (not officially open yet though). They still have some clean up work and some sod to put down. They actually just got the 3 sections paved this past week. Twin lakes park is a great spot to start or to take a break when riding the trail. Bathrooms, water & shade. Your right though it usually is pretty deserted in the mid day heat. Sometime in the next couple of weeks they should have the repaired sections all cleaned up and ready for business (we ride it on the weekends when the workers aren't there). Then the trial will be good to go from west of Keystone to Florahome. But, in the next couple of weeks the section of trail from Florahome east to Holloway road will be closed for repairs. Sometime late fall the whole thing should be done, the repairs & the new 4.5 mile section east of Holloway road!!

Yep.... I really like that road in Goldhead back to the camping area.... Its a fun ride!! And the ride up to gold head from Keystone is pretty fun too....
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Hey, What's the best way to get to the Palatka Trail from the Fruit Cove area? I'm not sure about the area. But I do know where the Army base is. Other than that I'm pretty much lost. I been riding The Hawthorne Rail trail for awhile and kind of looking for a new trail to try. Thanks
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Hey, What's the best way to get to the Palatka Trail from the Fruit Cove area? I'm not sure about the area. But I do know where the Army base is. Other than that I'm pretty much lost. I been riding The Hawthorne Rail trail for awhile and kind of looking for a new trail to try. Thanks
Actually the urban trail through Palatka is not worth a trip to ride just yet. When the urban trail finally connects to either the Palatka Lake Butler trail to the west or to the St. Augustine to Palatka trail to the east then it will be awesome to ride.

BUT .... The Palatka to Lake Butler trail west of Palatka will have 19.5 continuous miles paved soon, actually making it longer than the Gainesville Hawthorne trail. Right now they are repairing a section of the trail that is about 1/2 mile long. On the weekends (no workers present) you can walk the section. During the week you have to detour to St. Road 100 for a bit to bypass it. The length of trail west of the construction is about 13 miles long and you would not have to worry about detouring or walking the part of the trail being worked on to the east. There is also 6 miles of paved trail that heads up to Gold Head State Park. A really nice ride! And if you ride up to the park they have always let us in for free to ride the roads in the part too. Some really cool roads in the park with almost no traffic on them.

I don't get up your way much but I think I would take 17 down to Palatka and park more towards the east end of the trail. Or you could take 21 down to Keystone Heights and park more towards the west end of the trail. I'll throw up a google map later when I have more time showing my favorite places to park along the trail.
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Actually the urban trail through Palatka is not worth a trip to ride just yet. When the urban trail finally connects to either the Palatka Lake Butler trail to the west or to the St. Augustine to Palatka trail to the east then it will be awesome to ride.

BUT .... The Palatka to Lake Butler trail west of Palatka will have 19.5 continuous miles paved soon, actually making it longer than the Gainesville Hawthorne trail. Right now they are repairing a section of the trail that is about 1/2 mile long. On the weekends (no workers present) you can walk the section. During the week you have to detour to St. Road 100 for a bit to bypass it. The length of trail west of the construction is about 13 miles long and you would not have to worry about detouring or walking the part of the trail being worked on to the east. There is also 6 miles of paved trail that heads up to Gold Head State Park. A really nice ride! And if you ride up to the park they have always let us in for free to ride the roads in the part too. Some really cool roads in the park with almost no traffic on them.

I don't get up your way much but I think I would take 17 down to Palatka and park more towards the east end of the trail. Or you could take 21 down to Keystone Heights and park more towards the west end of the trail. I'll throw up a google map later when I have more time showing my favorite places to park along the trail.

Have you been on The St. Augustine to Palatka trail? If so whats that one like? Thanks
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Yep.... It is about 9 miles long... You can see I-95 from the east end of the trail. There is parking on the north side of the road about a mile or so west of I-95. The next section from the end of the pavement just east of Hastings towards Palatka is slated to be paved sometime in 2014. I think (but not totally sure) that the next section will go all the way to Palatka. Then it really well be nice... Start near St. Augustine and ride to Palatka and have lunch and then ride bike... Or vise versa...
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