The Greenway is home to a number of outdoor activities including equestrian and off-road biking trails. It is an area of extreme environmental diversity that reaches from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River on over 110 miles of land. With rivers winding throughout both ends of the Greenway, swamplands and a land bridge (pictured above) located near our Ocala hotel that crosses over Interstate 75, the Cross Florida Greenway is the perfect destination for all outdoor enthusiasts.
The Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge
Anybody driving along I-75 in Ocala may not easily realize that they are driving under a very unique landmark in Florida. Formally opened in June 2000, the Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge is considered to be the first modern land bridge in the United States of America. Glancing from beneath, it will certainly look like any other bridges traversing the busy highway. Things will only become apparent and reveal themselves once you step into the marvelous structure itself or view it from above as seen from the aerial photos taken by Mr. Nearous Sizemore or Ocala, Florida.
Technically speaking, the Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge is just a giant concrete planter hanging above Interstate 75. Holding tons of organic materials and a watering system not normally found on regular bridges, the Land Bridge serves as both crossing platform and a nourishment container for animals, trees and plants. As a recreational bridge, the Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge is a favorite destination by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. It is not uncommon though to see some wildlife cross the bridge from time to time.