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Quick Facts
Designation: Florida State Scenic Highway
Length, One-Way: 48 Miles (80.0 Kilometers)
Time: Two Hours


General Information

Description - As one of the best preserved remnants of 'Old Florida,' rich in natural beauty and steeped in tradition, the Old Florida Heritage Highway offers a unique opportunity for byway travelers wanting to return to Florida's roots.

Attractions - The Old Florida Heritage Highway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - The Old Florida Heritage Highway leads the traveler along forested and pastoral countryside. Lakes, wetlands, prairies, and rural homesteads also enhance the landscape. The highway stands as a good example of one of the more well preserved sections of Florida Highway as it was before the interstates came along.

The byway is unique in that it consists of a twelve-mile stretch of four lane highway, U.S. 441, along with many county roads, or spurs, which branch out from U.S. 441, forming a network of limitless natural, scenic, and recreational experiences. In addition, the traveler can exit I-75 to enter either end of the U.S. 441 portion of the byway, travel the length of the byway, and then reenter I-75 at the other end.

Climate - Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Location - This byway is located in northcentral Florida, south of Gainesville.

Directions from : Begin the byway on US-441 as it crosses State Road 331. Follow US-441 south into the Paynes Prairie State Preserve and through the city of Micanopy to the Alachua-Marion County Line.

The byway also contains several spurs or side trips.

Spur #1

South of Wauberg Lake take State Road 18 west to State Road 121. Return to US-441

Spur #2

In Micanopy take State Road 234 north to Rochelle and turn onto State Road 2052. When State Road 2052 intersects State Road 20, return to Micanopy.

Spur #3

In Micanopy turn onto State Road 234 and follow it until the Alachua-Marion County Line. Return to Micanopy.

Spur #4

East of Micanopy turn left onto State Road 346. Follow 346 into the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area and SR-325. Turn north on SR-325 and follow it until you reach SR-20. Return south along SR-325 continueing past SR-346. Stay on SR-325 until you reach US-301. Return to Micanopy.

Spur #5

At the end of the byway (Alachua-Marion County Line) turn east on SE 185th Avenue. Follow 185th to County Road 225. When 225 reaches 346 you may return to Micanopy to the east or continue on with Spur #4.


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Additional Information:
Florida Scenic Byways - Florida's offers one National Scenic Byways, the Tamiami Trail Scenic Byway, and seven state designated scenic byways.

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Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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