Starke - Lake Butler Loop
Location: Starke, FL, United StatesThis is a 61-mile loop route from Starke, FL to Lake Butler, FL and back that passes through the towns of Brooker and Hampton. It begins in downtown Starke, where parking is available to riders, as well as a few restaurants and convenience stores. The route heads west on State Road 100, and includes a side trip to the boat canal connecting Lake Sampson and Lake Rowell, where riders can view a pristine cypress-lined shoreline.
A few miles of the route travel up the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail, which terminates in the city of Lake Butler. Once in Lake Butler, riders can explore the small town, visit the lake just north of the trail, or stop to grab a snack at one of the local convenience stores.
From Lake Butler, the route heads south on Union County Road 231. It then reaches Brooker where riders turn to head east on Bradford County Road 18. The route passes by Hampton Lake and the town of Hampton, before heading north to return to Starke.
There are marked bike lanes on SR100. Interesting local establishments in downtown Starke include the Downtown Grill, the Call Street Cafe, as well as Tony & Al's Deli. Starke also has a large number of fast food restaurants along U.S. 301.
This route was developed in consultation with Jeanne Hargrave of the Suwannee Bicycle Association.
The Original Florida Tourism Task Force (dba Visit Natural North Florida) and the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council do not warrant the safety of the routes on this map for use by bicyclists. Bicyclists should use these routes only if they have the adequate skill level as bicyclists, and bicyclists must make that determination. All the roads shown are used by automobiles and trucks, and bicyclists assume the risks for their own safety when using the roads and/or routes indicated on this map. The Original Florida Tourism Task Force, the local governments in which these bicycle routes are located and the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council are not responsible for any damages whatsoever from its use.