Exploring an Old Railroad Grade in Goethe State Forest

Trestle

Trestle

There is an old railroad grade that cuts through part of Goethe State Forest and dates back to at least the early 1900’s. The railroad was once part of the Seaboard Coast Line and then later became the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

As I explored along it for several miles I saw various remnants related to the railroad. Things like railroad spikes, markers, pipes, railroad ties, poles and even a couple of old trestles.

The trestles were fascinating to see one was larger than the other and both in relatively decent condition for how old they are. The larger one I was unsure about crossing and it didn’t appear to be very stable. I was really careful when exploring around that one but managed to get across it. The smaller trestle you can walk across with no problem at all. I was able to get underneath both of them to get some photos and videos. I still haven’t explored this entire railroad grade yet so who knows what else can be found. It is part of what keeps me coming back for more!

I really enjoy exploring in Goethe State Forest because of the history you can experience and the beautiful wilderness there. Goethe State Forest can be found in Levy County and has a rich history of logging and turpentine operations. Possibly mining history there as well but as always when it comes to this forest I am always learning new things about it. I posted some helpful links below along with my photos and videos from this area.

My Videos

Old Piping

Smaller Trestle

Larger Trestle

Larger Trestle 2

Railroad Artifact

Exploring The Railroad Grade

Old Railroad Pole

Resources

Goethe State Forest

Railroad Trestle

Railroad Trestle

Exploring The Railroad Trestle

Exploring The Railroad Trestle

Railroad Spike

Railroad Spike

Old Railroad Trestle

Old Railroad Trestle

Old Piping

Old Piping

Railroad Pole

Railroad Pole

Railroad Pole

Railroad Pole

Old Piping

Old Piping

Hwy 316 Bridge in Eureka (Eureka Mountain)

Hwy 316 Bridge

Hwy 316 Bridge

On my way into Ocala National Forest I sometimes pass by the town of Eureka in Marion County. Along this route I like to drive over the Highway 316 bridge. It is a very tall bridge that spans the Ocklawaha River. It is so tall that even some of the locals have named it “Eureka Mountain”. I found out that the reason that it is so large is because the bridge was originally intended to allow the barges to go under as part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal.

I like to take in the scenic views of the surrounding forest as I cross over the top of the bridge. Towards the bottom there is a side road that leads you underneath the bridge where you can find a boat ramp. I like to park there and walk around down by the river for some interesting perspectives of the bridge.

The next time you are in this part of Ocala National Forest be sure to check this out! Located just a few miles east of Fort McCoy on Hwy 316 where the Ocklawaha River is.

My Videos

Underneath The Bridge

By The Boat Ramp

Underneath The Bridge 2

Under The Bridge

Under The Bridge

Under The Bridge

Under The Bridge

Under The bridge

Under The bridge

Hwy 316 Bridge

Hwy 316 Bridge