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Established around Nine Mile Pond in 1884, Belleview is one of the older communities in Marion County. It lies just south of what might have been the Cross Florida Barge Canal.
Instead, that strip of federal land became the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, home to the Florida Trail and the famed Santos Trails for mountain bikers.
The Greenway, which stretches from the Gulf Coast to the St. Johns River near Palatka, is a superb destination for outdoor recreation.
Belleview is also a Florida Trail Gateway Community, within walking distance of the Florida Trail at Santos for long distance hikers to come into for resupply and relaxation.
Lodgings are limited but are mom-and-pop, as are the best of the eateries, like B.D. Bean’s coffeehouse, the delightful Chicken Time Cuban restaurant, and the Farmhouse.
Featured Trails and Parks near Belleview
In 2007, a group of senior hikers made Florida hiking history by successfully completing a backpacking trip from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico via backroads, the Florida Trail, and the Withlacoochee Bay Trail. All were over age 80.