Update: The new Withlacoochee State Trail extension in Dunnellon Florida is open and it’s beautiful. It far exceeded my expectations. My visit was on 4-11-14. An incredible addition here for sure. The trailhead (which was unmarked) is on Highway 39, which is directly across from a Sunoco Gas Station (11520 North Florida Avenue) on Highway 41. Don’t miss visiting here soon.
Welcome to ‘Florida Paved Trails’, formerly ‘Trail View Mount’. With a new name comes a better way to identify what this website is about. Providing lots of information, photos, and videos on how you can enjoy this great activity is what is here. I’m someone who discovered paved trails/multiuse paths by accident, and quickly fell in love with visiting and biking the pavement all over Florida. So promoting this fantastic activity is a very big passion for me.
Paved trails are all over the United States. Sometimes they are called multiuse paths (MUP). These trails allow people to bicycle, walk, skate, and run to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in both urban and rural settings. And trails are in various lengths. But how did paved trails come about? Rail-trails (abandoned railroad corridors converted to paved trails) were the first paved trails. The first successful “rail-to-trail” conversion in the United States that inspired a national rail-to-trail movement in the country has been documented in the mid-1960s. Also in 1998 Florida created the Office of Greenways and Trails, a division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks. Also the OGT oversees the Recreational Trails Program, a federally funded grant program that provides financial assistance to local communities for the development of trails. Since the inception the RTP, it has assisted 42 counties and communities to establish and expand trails. And remember, as taxpayers, we all pay for these projects.
The nice thing about Florida is all the recreational trails are paved. That makes biking so much more enjoyable for most people. I’ve not looked at that many other states, but some I’ve researched do not pave their trails. So I’m glad I live where I do.
Important Alert: If you are new to biking on paved trails, be aware that not all trails go through safe areas. Please do a little research beforehand. Google to find info before your visit. Other good resources are peoples blogs over regular websites. Also if you are a member on photo sites (I’m on Flickr) ask questions to people who are posting photos of specific trails. I also get lots of info on bicycle forums and YouTube videos. Taking the time to plan should make your excursions more enjoyable, relaxing, and safer. Good luck.
Having detailed information and taking the time to plan trips to Florida Paved Trails, will help make your excursions easier and more enjoyable. Please be aware many trailheads (parking areas) can be difficult to locate. I found this out on my first excursion out of town. It was by accident that I located where I needed to be to start my ride. Another trick I use is Google maps. By pulling in tight on addresses of trailheads, you can easily follow where the trails go. County Parks and Florida State Parks almost always have access points. Plus parking at these locations are safer than remote trailhead areas.
In mid 2011 I developed a simple bicycle handlebar mount that a camera/camcorder can be easily attached to document my excursions on paved trails. It’s called the Trail View Mount. And it has worked well with all my excursions. Easy to install, it is a simple and affordable product. All the videos on this website used the mount. The Trail View Mount is great for all type riders, but probably geared toward family, recreation, and paved trail riders. Also think of the added security feature this product can bring to people who ride in remote places. That’s real peace of mind. Don’t let your biking adventures stop. Relive them over and over, year after year, with the help of the Trail View Mount. It is available on the ‘buy products’ link. Don’t let your adventures and memories fade away after they are over.
After surgery in August 2013 and longer than expected healing, I lost the time I was supposed to visit at least two new paved trails. But with a new year, I have nothing holding me back. I have two trips planned as soon as the weather gets better. First the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail, and second the Tallahassee-St Marks Trail. Having these two trails added to this website will be really special. I hope you can add the site to your favorites and check back often. I hope everyone is able to visit a lot of Florida Paved Trails this year. Stay safe.
Thank you for visiting Florida Paved Trails Dot Com. I hope you find this website helpful and informative. More trails, photos, and reviews are always being added, so hopefully you can register here or add to your favorites. Stay safe on the trails and enjoy.