Construction for 11 Mile Bike Trail in Wakulla County Underway

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Wakulla County, FL ---

Friday was an adventurous day for the Wilsons. They rode their bike down to Mashes Sands Road in Wakulla County for something they've been waiting on for years.

"We wanted to ride down today, rather than drive to show that we really do need this trail and we support the trail," says Diane Wilson of Wakulla County.

Wakulla County commissioners held a groundbreaking ceremony for construction on the new Ochlocknee Bay Bike Trail on Friday. The trail will extend from the Mashes Sands area to Highway 319.

"We hope this will bring people who like recreation in Wakulla and like to bike and stay with us for a few days," says Wakulla County Commissioner Mike Stewart.

Many people say the bike trail groundbreaking ceremony means a lot for Wakulla County. Residents say they'll be able to ride on a safe trail and hopefully it'll bring more tourists to the county.

"For tourists who love to just ride their bike and see the scenery, they can come down here and look at the most beautiful place that God has made," says Paige Killeen of Wakulla County.

Killeen says she's ready to hop on her bike and ride down the trail.

She says, "Actually my bike is in storage. I just have to get it out. I'm ready!"

"Some of these roads are not really safe. So to have a bike trail that we can actually go out on a couple times a week and have other people come into the community and spend their dollars here, it’s just exciting," says Diane Wilson.

The two miles of Phase 1 are expected to be complete and open by September. The entire bike trail is expected to take about two years to complete.

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