Crossing central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns
River is the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. The
110-mile conservation and recreation corridor offers a network of
hiking, biking, horseback riding and paddling trails, while
providing the opportunity to observe plant and wildlife habitats.
Much of this premier Greenway was the former Cross Florida Barge
Canal, one of Florida’s biggest public works projects. Started in
1933 as a ship canal project, President Richard Nixon stopped
construction in 1971. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed a
law changing the purpose of the project lands.
This led the way for the creation of today’s Cross Florida
Greenway. In 1998, the trail was named for Marjorie Harris Carr, an
environmentalist who led the fight to stop the Barge Canal Project.
What once were barge canal diggings are now recreation trails and
wildlife habitats. The Greenway is home to gopher tortoises,
whitetail deer, squirrels, shore birds, waterfowl, alligators and
The Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge, a landscaped overpass
that connects the east and west sides of the Greenway, allows trail
users and wildlife to safely cross six lanes of Interstate 75
traffic near Ocala.
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