Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Florida
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 584 miles to Key West, the United States’ southernmost mainland point. 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. The route includes 198 miles of completed traffic-free paths and the most bridges of any ECG state.
Much of the Greenway through Florida is on wide sidepath 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 alternate route that will provide access to Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Pinellas Trail, and Lake Okeechobee.
34% of the Florida route is completed trail, 19% is in development, 36% is in public control and awaiting development, and only 26 miles (4%) 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. To learn more about the trail progress and activities in Florida, visit the Florida Committee page.
2011-2012 Florida East Coast Greenway In the News
- Visit Florida, http://www.visitflorida.com/trails/profile/tid.12184, permanent installation about East Coast Greenway at nationally leading trails site
- Fernandina Beach News-Leader, December 16, 2011, update on the Amelia Island Trail (East Coast Greenway) through Amelia Island (Nassau County), http://www.fbnewsleader.com/articles/2011/12/16/news/00newscountymaintainstrail.txt
- Spokes ‘n’ Folks, December 2, 2011, image of ECG signs going up on Miami-Dade’s M Path, http://spokesnfolks.blogspot.com/2011/12/signs-mark-m-path-extension.html
- Town of Jupiter, East Coast Greenway Alliance dedicates Jupiter Riverwalk part of the Greenway, October 22, 2011, http://www.jupiter.fl.us/riverwalk/EastcoastGreenway.cfm
- Stuart News, October 18, 2011, East Coast Greenway Alliance holds public meeting in Stuart, http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/oct/18/east-coast-greenway-alliance-leaders-meet-in-stuar/
- Visit Florida, September 20, 2011, two reports on the East Coast Greenway, http://www.visitflorida.com/insiders/outdoors_and_nature/action.blog/5664-trail-tuesday-explore-the-east-coast-greenway-in-florida, September 20, 2011 on trains and trails
- RTC Magazine, June 2011, http://www.railstotrails.org/ourWork/whereWeWork/northeast/news/nereg_news_2011_06_Simsbury.html, Southeast Region Program Consultant Herb Hiller reports on train-trail ride along Farmington Canal Heritage Trail to ECGA meetings in Simsbury, CT.
- Daytona Beach News-Journal, June 5, 2011, http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/editorials/other-voices/2011/06/05/riding-back-to-the-future-on-a-train.html, op-ed by Southeast Region Program Consultant Herb Hiller on trails and trains
- Daytona Beach News-Journal, interview of Herb Hiller on ecotourism and the state of the Greenway, February 14, 2011, http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/west-volusia/2011/02/14/bike-trails-advocate-takes-on-new-transport.html
- For touring the Florida East Coast Greenway, click here for Google maps, turn-by-turn cue sheets, and overview maps to help plan your trip and find your way through the route in Florida.
- 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, log onto the following: (1) Information about organized tours, maps and cue sheets, www.bikeflorida.org; (2) Report on the inaugural SJR2C tour, November 2008 in the January/February 2009 edition of American Bicyclist, the League of American Bicyclists‘ bimonthly magazine; and (3) the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop on video (courtesy of Seidler Productions).
- 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.
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
North Florida Bicycle Club
River of Lakes Heritage Corridor
St. Johns River Alliance
Spokes & Folks
Treasure Coast Regional Planning Counci