Cross Florida Greenway West
Length: 40.2 miles (linear)
In this segment, the Florida Trail follows a roadwalk through the historic town of Dunnellon (founded during the 1890 phosphate boom) before enjoying the protection of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, a broad strip of public space more than a century in the making. Numerous developed trailheads make access a breeze for day hiking and longer trips.
From the Pruitt Trailhead, the FT heads in a northeasterly direction, paralleling the north side of the canal route. You’ll face some rugged walking, including a major switchback and several minor ones, as the trail winds along forested mounds of dirt left behind from the canal diggings. There are several opportunities for scenic views across the remains of the canal, both before and after the SR 200 crossing.