Office of Greenways and Trails
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.
region of the Cross Florida Greenway is dominated by longleaf
pine sandhill and sand pine scrub natural communities. The
area is also site of an historic "digging." Remnants
of the former canal project, these features are wide linear
areas that were literally carved out of the landscape to
create the canal. 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 for trail goers.
- unpaved hiking, Florida Trail, approximately 3.33 miles
- unpaved equestrian, approximately 5.43 total miles (3.28 miles
for main trail and 2.15 miles for alternate trail)
Nearby Cities: Ocala
The 49th Avenue Trailhead provides a hardened parking area, picnic
pavilion, and non-potable water. Parking is also
available for approximately 5 equestrian trailers.
at the trailhead, proceed on foot or by horse north and then west
to 49th Avenue where an underpass provides a safe crossing. After
49th Avenue, follow trail markers. Trails in this region continue
west to CR 484.
hiking trail in this area is part of the Florida Trail, and is officially
designated as Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). It is considered
to be moderate in difficulty. 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.
arrow symbol on the map indicates where connecting and loop trails
49th Avenue Trailhead
From I-75 south of Ocala, take Exit 341 (old Exit 67) to CR 484.
Head west (toward Dunnellon) on CR 484 approximately 2.5 miles until
you reach Marion Oaks Trail (you will also see a sign for 49th Avenue).
Take a right on Marion Oaks Trail and follow it until you reach
SW 49th Avenue. Turn right on SW 49th Avenue and proceed north for
a very short distance. The trailhead is on the right.