Flagler County trail network expands to 125 miles

Flagler County, between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, has been working to position itself as the Atlantic version of Florida’s Nature Coast, which spans from Perry to New Port Richey along the Gulf.

In that vein, Flagler has just released a new Trails & Park Guide, with information on 12 trails and 12 parks. The trails include paved and unpaved, and several have been expanded. The guide also offers details on bicycle-repair stations and new trailheads with parking and restroom facilities.

Paved-trail highlights include the A1A Scenic Loop, which isn’t a loop but Flagler’s paved trail paralleling State Road A1A and part of the 300-mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, which is on roads and trails in several counties. A map of that is here. Another paved trail is the 8-mile Lehigh Trail, on an old rail bed and paralleling the Lehigh Canal for much of its length.

Unpaved trails include the 2.2-mile Graham Swamp Trail for hikers and the “natural and rugged” 6.8-mile Graham Swamp Preserve Trail, recently featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine. It’s a black-diamond mountain-bike trail with “steep technical climbs, fast downhill drops and hills that consist of sand and coquina.” The Mala Compra Greenway Trail is a 5.5-mile single-track mountain-bike trail off A1A. It’s a “slow, technical ride with challenging climbs, quick descents, tight inclined turns and miles of flowing switchbacks.”

To have a free copy of Trails & Park Guide mailed to you or to download it, go to thesent.nl/18hGRkR.

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