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Cross Florida Greenway East and Ocala West

Length: 32.2 miles (linear) from Baseline Trailhead to The 88 Store

Marshall Swamp (Diane Dammiller)East of the Baseline Trailhead, the FT the trail changes dramatically as you enter Marshall Swamp, following a crunchy gravel footpath through this jungle-like hydric hammock floodplain of the Silver River.  This short section of trail is loaded with enormous trees.  Emerging at the Marshall Swamp trailhead, the trail enters the southeastern corner of Silver Springs State Park then follows a connecting roadwalk north on CR 314, crossing an old drawbridge over the Ocklawaha River at historic Sharpes Ferry.

After the road walk on CR 314 the trail enters the Ocala National Forest for the first time on the Western Corridor.  The next 20 miles of trail travel through a mixture of hardwood hammock, pine flatwoods, sandhill, and swamp.  The junction of the east and west corridors is just south of CR 316 right behind the famous 88 Store and Pub, a popular destination for thru hikers.