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.