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Ride the Brooksville Good Neighbor Trail

Pedal into Florida’s wild side on scenic bike trails designed for serious cycling. Visitors from near and far visit the Adventure Coast for some of the best biking found anywhere. The Brooksville Good Neighbor Trail eastward extension will connect with the 46 mile Withlacoochee State Trail in September 2018. Eighteen years in the making, the GNT rolls through fields and forests on its way to becoming part of the 220 mile Coast to Coast (C2C) Trail.

The 2018 Inaugural Ride is Sunday October 14. Walk-up registration and Check-in for pre-registered participants is from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM.

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Our ride begins and ends at the Historic Brooksville Train Depot located at 70 Russell Rd, Brooksville, Florida. The Good Neighbor Trail is a 10 mile stretch of paved trail that connects to the Withlacoochee State Trail, a paved, 46-mile long converted railroad track. You can determine your own ride distance. We are offering a 10 mile “Out and Back” family ride, a 20 mile ride (10 miles out to the Withlacoochee and back), a 35 mile ride and a 65 mile ride that will take riders up into Citrus County on the Withlacoochee and return to the start/finish at the Train Depot.


 

All routes are on paved rail trails.

WHAT’S INCLUDED? The day begins with a Continental Breakfast from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the Train Depot Trailhead. Along the trail, we will have four SAG Stops with water, sports drinks and food. Restrooms will be available at all SAG Stops. A free catered lunch will be provided between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM at Coney Island. All pre-registered riders as of 3:45 PM, October 1st, will receive a T-Shirt.

REGISTRATION FEE is $35 for riders over 12 before July 15th, $40 before September 30th, $45 through October 13th and $50 October 14th, day of event. $15 for riders 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)

ONLINE REGISTRATION can be completed and payment made on our web site at: www.gntbikeride.com

OR, a printed form can be downloaded and printed. Attach a check and mail to the address on the form. Make all checks payable to the, “Brooksville Vision Foundation”. For more information, call 360-359-0568 or email mjdolanski@gmail.com.

EARLY PACKET PICK-UP will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the pavilion at the Train Depot Trailhead in Brooksville for PRE-REGISTERED RIDERS ONLY.

PARKING is located at the Train Depot Trailhead with overflow parking along South Main Street and at the Brooksville Health Department, 300 S Main Street.

Donations greatly appreciated! The Brooksville Vision Foundation and Mainstreet Program is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.


 

ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR A HELMET

We hope to make the Good Neighbor Trail ride an annual event, so come join us for a Fall ride through the Brooksville and Hernando County countryside!


 

Who are we?

 

We are proud Brooksvillians and welcome you to our piece of Paradise and the Florida Adventure Coast!

Located in Hernando County, an hour north of Tampa along what local residents call Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville was settled in 1845. Rich with history and old-world charm, Brooksville is also a great place to visit for bicycling, camping, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. The Withlacoochee State Forest also offers some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the country. Into golf? Don’t miss the World Woods course. This vaunted 36-hole golf paradise in rural Brooksville offers visitors a chance to play the nationally-ranked Pine Barrens course.

Paddle scenic springs brimming with life and beauty. Follow historic streets to experience the charm of yesteryear. Reel in the memories with inshore and saltwater fishing. Take a bike ride on some of our quiet country roads or explore over 100 miles of paved rail trails, starting with the Good Neighbor Trail. Hike or bike along vast networks of trails. Savor special events. And meet mermaids and manatees up close.

Take a good look around. You might decide to stay for a while. After all, Brooksville was selected as Florida’s Outstanding Rural Community for the Year 2000.


 

After a day of enjoyment on the trail, here are some more fun things to do

 

WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS – At the headwaters of the Weeki Wachee River, the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park’s first-magnitude spring holds a sight of mythic proportions: the world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids. For over six decades, the mermaids have captivated audiences with their daily underwater performances. Other park features include a riverboat cruise, a native animal show, and Buccaneer Bay—Florida’s only spring-fed water park.

BROOKSVILLE 1885 TRAIN DEPOT MUSEUM – All aboard for an adventure, 130 years in the making! Travel back in time with at this historic train depot and museum that has welcome guests to Brooksville since 1885. Visit their website for hours and exhibit information.

BOYETT’S GROVE AND CITRUS ATTRACTION – Part orange grove, part ice-cream parlor, part zoo and part kitschy gift shop, Boyett’s Citrus Grove is a classic roadside attraction that’s 100% fresh-squeezed Florida fun. Join the tradition and plan to make a stop on your next visit to the Brooksville area.

CHINSEGUT HILL MUSEUM – The history of Chinsegut Hill (pronounced “chin-SEE-gut”) is as rich as the ruggedly-lush Old Florida habitat from which it emerged more than 165 years ago. Today, thanks to the persistent efforts of concerned public and private benefactors, the manor house and property are symbols of a pioneering spirit and a commitment to conservation.

KEGS, CASKS & CORKS TOUR – Savor local libations on a tour of local tap rooms, breweries, wineries, and distilleries. You’ll enjoy handcrafted beer, wine, and whiskey that captures the destination’s distinctive spirit. Download our free map today to plan your tour and enjoy a new adventure in every sip.

BROOKSTONE WINES – Brooksville’s premier wine manufacturer and retailer, Brookstone Wines offers a wide variety of locally produced traditional, fruit-infused and honey (Mead) wines. 813-997-1495

MARKER48 BREWING – Marker48 Brewing is Florida’s Adventure Coast first full production Craft Brewery. Centrally located, it features a unique facility, tasting room and beer garden. 352-606-2509

MASARYK WINERY – Masaryk Winery is a true farm estate winery producing wines using only the freshest and best fruits of this region. 352-308-0110

NJOY SPIRITS – Open for tours Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm. NJoy Spirit’s Distillery is a family owned Florida whiskey distiller in the heart of Florida’s Adventure Coast in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. Authentic farm-to-table rye whiskey and rum are proudly made from ingredients grown on-site. Visit for a tour and tasting and see why NJoy Spirits continues to win numerous prestigious awards. 352-592-9622

SPARACIA WITHERELL FAMILY WINERY & VINEYARDS – Sparacia Witherell is focused on producing the highest quality wines from the finest grapes and fruit Florida has to offer. 352-650-8466

STRONG TOWER VINEYARD & WINERY – Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery features three carefully chosen grape varieties, each chosen for its unique flavor and characteristics. Tour the vineyard and visit the tasting room anytime. Pick your own Muscadine grapes during the season. 352-799-7612

THE TAP ROOM AT FLORIDA’S CRACKER KITCHEN – The Tap Room at Florida’s Cracker Kitchen is a small bar that brings you a selection of brews crafted only in Florida. 352-797-2719

TIDAL BREWING – What happens when two science teachers who love microbiology, great beer, and everything aquatic meet? Well, first they get married. Then, they open a brewery. Tidal Brewing Company is dedicated to the quality of their craft and strives to adhere to the historical traditions of brewing with a new world flavor in a laid-back atmosphere. 352-701-1602

MAY-STRINGER MUSEUMTake a guided tour through this 19th-century home in historic Brooksville and explore more than 11,000 artifacts. Fans of the paranormal can attend weekend Ghost Tours at one of Florida’s most famous haunted sites. Contact the museum to learn more about these Adventure Coast treasures.

MONSTER TRANSMISSION – Tour the facility of this renowned automotive business and see every step of the process to overhaul a transmission. You just might discover new possibilities for your own vehicle. Call Monster Transmission or visit their website for more information.

NATURE COAST BOTANICAL GARDENS – This stunning Spring Hill park features themed gardens, including an Asian Tea Garden, a Bromeliad Garden, a Butterfly Garden, a Rose Garden, a Tropical Rain Garden, a Secret Garden, and a Memorial Garden. Use our online map to make it easy to find your way to the sublime beauty of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens in Nature’s Place to Play.

RICHLOAM GENERAL STORE – Offering period merchandise and a living history experience, the Richloam General Store is a modern-day version of a dry goods merchant. Step back in time to browse a variety of quality local made products.

TREEUMPH! – TreeUmph! Adventure Course, Brooksville is just seven miles from Interstate 75 and features over 130 obstacles. They include the Children’s Little Ninja Course and Extreme Adult Courses, all exclusive to Brooksville and fun for ages 5 to 95.

BOATING – Connect with nature as you cruise down the Gulf of Mexico coastline and explore the beautiful Weeki Wachee River. Our listings of local boat ramps and marinas will help you set sail an aquatic adventure on our rivers, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.

FISHING – Anglers enjoy a variety of fishing experiences, including deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for grouper, cobia and snapper; flats fishing for tarpon, trout and redfish; and lake fishing for largemouth bass, bream and crappie. Cast yourself into adventure with the help of our local bait and tackle shops, which have everything you need to catch authentic Florida fishing memories.

MANATEE WATCHING – Visitors from around the world come to see one of the state’s most famous residents: the Florida Manatee.Whether you wish to watch manatees from the deck of a boat, the seat of a canoe, atop a stand-up paddleboard or the shoreline of a scenic river or spring, the Adventure Coast is the destination for you. Another popular way to see manatees up close is by snorkeling or scuba diving, and our listings will help you plan your trip.

PADDLING – Paddling is one of our signature adventures. Follow miles of popular canoeing and kayaking trails for an experience of Florida’s natural beauty that you won’t soon forget! Our listings of canoe and kayak rental companies will help get you on the water and into the fun.

SCALLOPING – Join us for scalloping season, when you can snorkel or dive for scallops along the coast. The 2019 Florida scalloping season runs July 1 to September 24, and our water charters and boat captains can help you bag the fun in the area’s best scalloping spots.

ANTIQUING & UNIQUE SHOPPING – Take home some Adventure Coast charm! Find unique treasures on an antiquing and shopping excursion to historic Brooksville and our other charming communities. Find the perfect gift or timeless treasure to commemorate your trip.

GOLFING – Play nearly a dozen golf courses including the two award-winning Tom Fazio courses at the World Woods Golf Club, Pete Dye’s Southern Hills masterpiece, and several other championship courses on the hilly terrain of Brooksville Ridge.

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