Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Florida
The East Coast Greenway through Florida juxtaposes conquistadors and astronauts, engagement and escape. It threads it way across nearly 600 miles between worldly cities and wildflower byways.
Florida boasts the longest portion of Greenway with the most miles of completed trail. North to south, the Greenway enters the state at Fernandina Beach, then continues to Key West, the southernmost mainland point of the United State. The Greenway travels largely along the coast, through seaside villages, America’s earliest historic sites, through vast nature preserves, and major cities that include Jacksonville and Miami.
Much of the Greenway through Florida is on wide side path that runs along Highway A1A. It concludes with the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, which hops from island to island for 106 miles (about half of which is completed trail). The Alliance plans an additional loop route that will provide access to Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Pinellas Trail, and Lake Okeechobee.
As of early 2016, 31 percent of the Florida route is completed trail, 13 percent is in development, 38 percent is in public control and awaiting development, and 18 percent is considered “gap,” where the route location has not yet been found. The ECGA is at work with regional and county planning agencies, trail developers, developments of regional impact, and trail advocates all along the coast to advance the Greenway, and as a result, progress is steady.
How to get involved
- Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
- “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:
- Paul Haydt, Florida Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway
- For touring the Florida East Coast Greenway, the ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device.
- For content concerning the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop (SJR2C, and/or the Loop), a 260-mile trail in the making that combines four-county sections of the Greenway through Florida and a fifth county fully part of an alternate route, www.bikeflorida.org;
- Florida Keys ECG Guide: This one-page guide outlines options for a one- or two-day trip along the East Coast Greenway in the Florida Keys.
Our Partners and Supporters in Florida
The ECGA is proud to be working with many partners to complete the project in Florida. Partners include but are not limited to:
First Coast Trail Coalition
Florida Bicycle Association
Florida DEP Office of Greenways & Trails
Florida Department of Transportation, Enhancements Office
Florida Trail Association
Florida Wildflower Foundation
Green Mobility Network
Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
North Florida Bicycle Club
River of Lakes Heritage Corridor
St. Johns River Alliance
Spokes & Folks
Treasure Coast Regional Planning Counci