Office of Greenways and Trails
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River, the Marjorie
Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway occupies much of the
land formerly known as the Cross Florida Barge Canal. This
110-mile corridor encompasses a variety of natural habitats
and offers an array of trails and recreation areas where
visitors can experience Florida’s premier greenway.
trails in the 49th Avenue to Land Bridge region provide access to the
west entrance of the Interstate 75 Land Bridge. This bridge was
completed in 2000, providing a permanent trail connection across the
six lane highway, and making safe passage for hikers, equestrians and
bicyclists a reality. This region of the Cross Florida Greenway is
dominated by longleaf pine sandhill and sand pine scrub natural
communities. The area is also site of an historic "digging." Remnants
of the former canal project, these features are wide linear areas that
were literally carved out of the landscape to create the canal. Today,
they exist as reforested, small-scale valleys. Because the bottoms of
"diggings" are comprised of clayey soils that hold moisture, they are
dominated by loblolly pines that prefer wetter areas than longleaf or
sand pines. In many areas, they also offer challenging terrain for
- unpaved hiking, Florida Trail, approximately 2.4 miles
- unpaved equestrian, approximately 8.7 total miles
- unpaved mountain biking, approximately 2.5 miles
Nearby Cities: Ocala
The 49th Avenue Trailhead provides a hardened parking area, picnic
pavilion, and non-potable water. Parking is also
available for approximately 5 equestrian trailers.
note that the Land Bridge Trailhead also provides a large equestrian
parking and horse wash-down area, making it the best staging area
for equestrians who are primarily interested in visiting the Land
Bridge. The Land Bridge Trailhead also provides the most direct
trail access to the Land Bridge for hikers, equestrians and bikers
who want to reach the bridge in the shortest amount of time possible.
For more information see Land Bridge Trails.
hiking trail in this area is part of the Florida Trail, and is officially
designated as Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). The Florida
Trail Association produces a detailed hiking guide and segment-by-segment
maps that are very useful for hiking the entire Florida Trail. For
more information, visit their website at www.florida-trail.org.
arrow symbol on the map indicates where connecting and loop trails
49th Avenue Trailhead
From I-75 south of Ocala, take Exit 341 (old Exit 67) to CR 484.
Head west (toward Dunnellon) on CR 484 approximately 2.5 miles until
you reach Marion Oaks Trail (you will also see a sign for 49th Avenue).
Take a right on Marion Oaks Trail and follow it until you reach
SW 49th Avenue. Turn right on SW 49th Avenue and proceed north for
a very short distance. The trailhead is on the right.