Rail-Trails Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee

Rail-Trails Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0899974260

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The official guidebooks for the nationwide rail-trails system, the new Rail-Trails series books have an easy-to-use layout and design, clear maps, and precise trip descriptions. With 55 rural, suburban, and urban trails spanning 630 miles, Rail-Trails Southeast covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. Visit historic battlefields, see the world's largest cast-iron statue, travel through a gorge, and watch beavers and herons along the Southeast's historic rail-trails. Includes two-color maps for each trip and succinct directions.

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same road. Contact: Office of Greenways & Trails 18020 NW Highway 19 Fanning Springs, FL 32693 (352) 493-6072 www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/crossflorida/trails/nature_coast_trail%20.htm FLORIDA Seminole Wekiva Trail Endpoints Altamonte Springs to Wekiva River Protection Area (west of Sanford) Mileage 14 Roughness Index 1 Surface Asphalt Running along the former line of the Orange Belt Railway, the Seminole Wekiva Trail offers a peaceful alternative to the busy

Route 561 in Clermont, skirt the south shore of the lake, turn right on Washington Street/Old Highway 50, and continue east until you see signs for the trail. To reach the western trailhead, take Route 50 to 12th Street in Clermont and head north half a mile. The trailhead entrance is on the right. Parking is available at both trailheads. Contact: City of Minneola P.O. Box 678 Minneola, FL 34755 (352) 394-3898 FLORIDA Suwannee River Greenway at Branford Endpoints US Highway

turn-of-the-century beach resort. A highway to the island was built in 1923, leading to the demise of the railroad. From its trailhead just 15 miles east of town, the trail parallels the South Channel of the Savannah River, a major shipping route and entry point to the Port of Savannah. (The trail was six miles long until the wakes of larger ships washed out its western half; plans to rebuild are under way.) Short bridges spirit you across saltwater marshes. Cord grass, cabbage palms, yaupon

surface and safe surroundings to keep fit. Beyond the town center, trees and birds replace people and cars as the backdrop to your ride or stroll. Several benches along the way beckon you to slow down, relax, and contemplate the natural surroundings. Plans call for extending the trail beyond the city limits, and from the looks of the well-worn footpath along the undeveloped corridor, the trailblazing has begun. The trailhead in Betsy Ligon Park is quite popular in Erin. DIRECTIONS Erin

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, site of an infamous 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four young black girls. The route runs below 10-acre Vulcan Park, home to the world’s largest cast-iron statue and trail/park namesake. Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti crafted the 56-foot statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, for the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, to showcase Birmingham’s burgeoning industrial might. The park also houses the Vulcan Center, which traces the city’s industrial past and

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