Back in November, when I gave a presentation at the Wilderness Trekkers Annual Conference, I’d heard from the Cross Florida Greenway manager that the visitor center at Buckman Lock was closed due to budget cuts. It sounded like it would reopen at some point.
On a visit to Buckman Lock last Friday, I learned that won’t be the case. The entire building has been emptied of its contents and the sign on the door says “Permanently Closed.” Very sorry to find that out, as that was a beautiful visitor center with information about the Greenway and a good stop for long distance hikers along the Florida Trail. The Buckman Lock complex is still staffed, so no problems with hikers crossing the lock during operational hours, although I did find the gate padlocked on the north side and did not have their phone number with me. The primitive campground on the south side of the lock, managed by Putnam County, now has a fee attached (and a privy). It’s a strange amount, too: $7.21. Not a dollar amount most hikers would find their their pockets!