If you have traveled down I-75 in the Ocala area, you've probably seen the land bridge. You might have even seen a couple of people up there looking down at passing traffic. A lot of people wonder how they got up there. I've got the answer.
The land bridge over I-75 was the first structure of its type to be constructed in the country, and provides a safe way for wildlife, hikers, bikers and other trail users to access either side of the Cross Florida Greenway. It's fully landscaped, with palmettos and other native Florida vegetation, with an overlook area in the middle.
The Land Bridge Trailhead is located on CR 475A near Belleview. From there, it's only a short 2.5 mile ride to the Land Bridge. The trail is fairly flat and should be an easy ride for all skill levels. For a longer ride, proceed over the land bridge and continue on to the 49th Avenue Trailhead. I'll talk about that in a future Trail Tuesday post.
The Land Bridge Trailhead also offers paved parking, restrooms and a dedicated section for equestrian parking and wash down.
For more information on the Land Bridge Trails, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/crossflorida/trails/landbridge.htm.