About the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Trail
The longest multi-use loop trail in the American Southeast is forming in Northeastern Florida and passing through St. Johns County. The St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop (the Loop) is approximately 260-miles long with nearly 40 miles passing through Southern St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach. With over one hundred miles of trail constructed (approximately 14 miles currently in St. Johns County), the Loop is a significant part of Florida's Regional Trail System. The Loop connects several major trail networks within the State including the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway which connects the entire eastern seaboard of the United States and the 250-mile Coast to Coast Trail linking Titusville to St. Petersburg.
The Loop traverses five Counties (St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, Brevard and Putnam Counties) and two Florida Department of Transportation Districts (Districts 2 and 5). The Loop is one of two regional trail systems identified on the Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program network making it eligible for targeted trail construction funding specifically created by the legislature for the construction of regional trail systems that will enhance mobility, property values and support significant tourism within the state.
2019 Planning Study Highlights
The main objective of this Planning Study is to collect information necessary for St. Johns County, The City of St.Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach to reach a decision regarding the specific location and type of trail improvements required to connect the study area to the St. Johns River to Sea Loop. The second objective is to prepare the proposed trail to better compete for Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program funding. Public Involvement is an important and essential component of this study. Therefore, the planning process will follow a comprehensive Public Involvement Plan.
The St. Johns County SUN Trail-SJR2C Loop Planning Study (project) is funded by FDOT (FDOT Contract No. G0M37, Financial Project ID No. 439932-1-14-01) to the County for its execution and administration. Project limits begin at the existing SUN Trail-SJR2C Loop termination point west of I-95 at SR 207 near Concourse Drive and the Smyrna Ready Mix Concrete Plant, into the City of St. Augustine (CoSA), across the Matanzas River to SR A1A to the City of St. Augustine Beach (CoSAB), and concluding south along SR A1A to the Flagler County line.
The 2019 Planning Study will host two public meetings. The community is encouraged to attend. If you cannot attend please email or call Rodney Cooper, PE, RCooper@sjcfl.us or (904) 209-0111.