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Bartram Trail in Putnam County

Location The Bartram Trail is located in Putnam County and encompasses a matrix of trails with hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities, including driving tours surrounding the St Johns River
State(s) Florida
Counties Putnam
Type Backcountry
Nature Trail
Water Trail
Length 250.00 Miles / 402.34 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Paddler on historic Bartram Trail
Paddler on historic Bartram Trail

The legacy of William Bartram’s extensive travels and writings during the late 1700s continues to resonate with today’s modern explorers. Visitors can follow in the footsteps and river wake of John and William Bartram by bike, kayak or canoe, boat, on foot, or by car, using a well-developed trail matrix embracing the majestic St Johns River.

William Bartram, a botanist, artist, naturalist, humanist, and author, explored the area along the St. Johns River in Putnam County with his father, John Bartram, a royal botanist appointed by King George III. They traveled by boat on the St Johns River, a 500-mile journey that lasted almost two months. William Bartram’s momentous southern journey took him from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to Florida, through the southeastern interior all the way to the Mississippi River.

The heart of William Bartrams’ book, Travels, published in 1791, documents local flora and fauna, and records his colorful encounters with local traders and native tribes. Bartram was a renaissance man who melded art and science into an indelible record of his adventurous encounters with the natural world. He was named ‘Puc Puggy’ – the flower hunter- by the local Seminoles in Florida.

Using the writings of John and William as well as those of respected historians, each of the likely locations where the Bartrams touched shore along the St. Johns River to camp or explore has been identified and (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available



Many access points to the St Johns River and other land-based trails in the Putnam County area.


Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Other

Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Soil, compacted
Water, moving
Water, still

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2016

Date Last Updated: ---


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Angie Wisnant
Director, Parks & Recreation
Putnam County Park & Recreation
120 Carter Rd
Palatka , FL 32177
(386) 227-0940

Trail Management:
Sam Carr
Putnam County CSO
108 Riverside Dr
Satsuma , FL 32189
(386) 937-3901


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Bartram Trails in Putnam County Website View/Download



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