The middle of Walton County, Florida has three expansion projects underway. A new segment of the Florida Trail will remove two miles from a road walk along busy U.S. Hwy. 331 making it a safer and more scenic route.
The new trail route stretches for two miles north of Owl's Head Rd. The north end is on the west side of US 331 at Eglin Range Rd. 205, which is Segrest Rd. on Google map. Google Earth's label is Co Hwy 282 AKA Site C-6 Cutoff. The intersection sign says "Eglin Site C6". It is 9.2 miles south of I-10 and 5.2 miles north of SR 20, Freeport. See maps page at wholeo.net/Trips/Travel/Florida/panhandle/uncities/ScenicTrail/Eglin/331expansion/ft331expansionMaps.htm
Concurrently, US 331, including the bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay, is being widened from two to four lanes. Coincidently the Florida Trail expansion section avoids two bridge underpasses for wildlife, called the Eglin-Nokuse linkage or eco-passage (see wholeo.net/Trips/Travel/Florida/panhandle/uncities/ScenicTrail/Eglin/331expansion/ft331Eglin-NokuseWildlifeLinkage.htm). The eco-passage links Eglin Air Force Base Wildlife Management Area with the Nokuse Plantation wildlife conservation areas. Come to think of it, Florida Trail hikers link Eglin and Nokuse too. But on different paths.
Trail Design and Construction Workshop, Dec. 31, 2013. Meetup page: meetup.com/Florida-Trail-Choctawhatchee-Chapter/events/149523412/
Hwy. 331 Trail Expansion Project, Jan. 10 -12, 2014 with base camp at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park,
4281 State Route 20 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 833-9144 Meetup page: meetup.com/Florida-Trail-Choctawhatchee-Chapter/events/146075092/
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