Truss bridge across the Suwannee River, is one of the highlights of the trail.[1]
Truss bridge across the Suwannee River, is one of the highlights of the trail.[1]
Historic Trenton Depot on the Nature Trail.
Historic Trenton Depot on the Nature Trail.

The Nature Coast State Trail (NCST) is a 31.7-mile long segment of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails System built along abandoned railroad tracks,[2] and designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail.[3][4] It has two primary sections following unused rail lines that were originally built by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It includes historic sites such as an old train trestle bridge over the Suwannee River near Old Town and train stations in Trenton, Cross City, and Chiefland. At Wilcox Junction abandoned rail tracks cross and connect with several communities. The trail is available to hikers, cyclists, and horse riders.[5]


Florida has many abandoned railway tracks in the Suwannee River Valley. In the early 1900s freight and passenger steamships were replaced by trains that carried crops and timber and also made passenger stops in small towns such as Chiefland, Cross City, and Trenton. The Nature Coast Trail follows this historic route. The 31.7 miles of the Nature Coast State Trail connects several counties and five communities (Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs Old Town and Chiefland).[3][6]

In 2010, then-Florida governor Charlie Crist approved the purchase a 9.33-mile corridor, known as the Trenton-Newberry Rail Trail. This will extend the 31.7-mile NCST managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.[4]

Nearby land and water resources exist in the vicinity of the Nature Coast State Trail.[5]


  1. ^ Conners, Jane Hartridge. "A Trail Fit for Families". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "Nature Coast State Trail". State of Florida. Archived from the original on May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "2010 NRT designations - Florida". National Recreation Trails. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b Department of Environmental Protection Press Release (June 8, 2010). "Trenton-Newberry Rail Trail Project Approved". Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Featured National Recreation Trails". National Recreation Trail. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Office of Greenways and Trails". Florida Office of Environmental Protection. Retrieved May 18, 2012.