I've been RV camping at the Ross Prairie Campground on the Cross Florida Greenway for a couple of weeks, and my time here has been action packed. For trail lovers, this is really the place to be. I can step out the door, hop on my bike and be riding on the trail in less than a minute. It's hard to beat that kind of access.
Since there's so much to do, I'll be talking about activities here on the Cross Florida Greenway for the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for future Trail Tuesday posts on hiking on the Cross Florida Greenway and the Ocala area, too.
Let's go for a bike ride, shall we? If you're looking for a good day trip, the section between Ross Prairie and the 49th Avenue Trailhead is excellent. It's a linear ride of about 10 miles so keep in mind that you'll need to plan for a shuttle (this is where a buddy comes in handy) back to the Ross Prairie Trailhead, or double your mileage.
For an easy ride, take the yellow trail. If you want more of a challenge, the blue-blazed trail is where you want to be. With names like "Ern N Burn" and "Nayl's Trail," expect to sweat a little.
Note: the first section leaving Ross Prairie is shared-use, so make sure to look for hikers and other trail users while leaving and returning to the trailhead. The Ocala Mountain Bike Association has a great map you can download. Check out omba.org/maps and grab a copy to take along on your ride.
Looking for more trails? Visit www.VISITFLORIDA.com/trails to find hiking, biking, paddling equestrian trails statewide.