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Cross Florida Barge Canal

In last Sunday’s Citrus Chronicle, publisher Gerry Mulligan’s column was “Enjoy County like a Tourist”. He highlighted several places in our own back yard that tourists from around the world visit but residents might be missing.  While my husband Terry and I have already visited many of the listed attractions, the article inspired us to revisit those, experience the few we missed, and seek out other places on the Nature Coast not listed. Mr. Mulligan invited me to share our adventures weekly on this blog. Fun!

We’ve lived almost a decade in Old Homosassa which itself is full of fun places and people which I’ll be featuring in coming weeks.  But our first visit in this series was to the Cross Florida Barge Canal, also known as the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Since we were having a beautiful Florida winter day, we loaded up our bikes and the pooch and headed north.

We parked at the Felburn Park Trailhead which is well maintained and includes a restroom.  (Yippee!)  We met a nice couple that was very eager to tell us all about the trail and other places that we might want to visit. 

Our destination was the Gulf of Mexico—5 miles one way. Heading west on the greenway, we came across numerous bicyclists of all ages and sizes.  The wind was brisk and it seemed like I was pedaling uphill most of the way but the ride back was like coasting!  This is actually quite an easy bike ride and very scenic with the canal along one side and glimpses of salt marsh on the other. 

If you aren’t up to a 10-mile bike ride, there is a vehicle access road that runs along the canal with several parking areas plus spots to fish and picnic--and another restroom.

We had a great afternoon and are looking forward to returning and checking out the other end of the trail. 

More to come!

Kathy Green