October 11, 2021
Biking in Clay County, Florida
Nestled along the St. Johns River in Northeast Florida, Clay County is known for its vast waterways, nature trails and rich history. Whether you are into biking nature trails, the open road or racing against fellow competitors, Clay County offers a variety of options for those interested in exploring the area on two wheels.
One of Clay County’s most popular biking spots is the Black Creek Park and Trail. Adjacent to Highway 17, this 8-mile paved path connects bikers and walkers to points between Orange Park, Fleming Island and Green Cove Springs. Black Creek Park serves as a starting/ending location with parking, a covered pavilion and restrooms. The park also serves as the starting point for the mountain bike course that runs two miles through the park. Existing trailheads are at Black Creek Park, Thunderbolt Park and Camp Chowenwaw County Park.
In Keystone Heights, cyclists can join in on the Palatka-to-Lake-Butler State Bike Trail. This 47-mile trail connects west of U.S. 17 in Palatka to State Road 238 in Lake Butler, as it runs along the former Norfolk-Southern Railroad right-of-way through Putnam, Clay, Bradford, and Union counties. This cycling path was deemed part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System in 2007 and Purchased with Preservation 2000 funds through the Florida Greenways and Trails Acquisition Program.
For those interested in renting (or even buying!) a bike during their visit to Clay County, Open Road Bicycles of Fleming Island are ready to assist cyclists. The knowledgeable professionals can help with repairs, talking ‘shop’ or even suggesting popular cycling spots throughout the area. Whether you looking to ride trails, open roads or just cruise around the area, their passion for biking is contagious and they are ready to help make your time in the area a success.
Clay County welcomes visitors to explore our small towns with big passions. Where is your favorite place for biking in Clay County?