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.
segment of the Cross Florida Greenway includes a variety of natural
communities such as longleaf pine sandhill, mixed hardwood and conifer
forests, and wet prairies on the western end. This region is also site
of an historic "digging." This feature is a wide linear area that was
literally carved out of the landscape in the 1930's as part of the
original sea-level ship canal project funded through the Works Progress
Administration during the depression. 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.
—unpaved hiking, Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST), approximately
—unpaved equestrian, approximately 6.3 total miles
Nearby Cities: Ocala, Dunnellon
The Ross Prairie Trailhead provides parking, restrooms, showers,
and potable water. The trailhead also provides an equestrian staging
area. An equestrian campground was under construction as of October
2002. Contact the Ocala Headquarters at 352-236-7143 for the latest
status of this facility.
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.
biking opportunities are currently in development for this region
of the Cross Florida Greenway.
continue both east and west of this segment of the Cross Florida
Greenway. For trails continuing east, see the CR 484 to 49th Avenue
map. No map is currently available for trails continuing west.
Ross Prairie Trailhead
From I-75 in Ocala, take Exit 350 to SR 200. Head southwest (away
from Ocala) on SR 200 for approximately 10 miles. The trailhead
is located on the left.
From I-75 south of Ocala, take Exit 341 to CR 484. Head west (toward
Dunnellon) on CR 484 for approximately 9 miles to the intersection
with SR 200. Take a left on SR 200. Trailhead is approximately 1.5
miles on the left.
Greenways and Trails