Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
The Wilderness RV Park is situated next to the Cross Florida Greenway as it follows the Ocklawaha River. The Cross Florida Greenway creates a corridor of wildlife and wilderness that stretches across the center of Florida. A group of Wilderness RV owners have been working for the last few years on a nature trail leaving the park. The trail enters the Cross Florida Greenway and parallels the Ocklawaha river giving some great glimpses of the river.
The Cross Florida Greenway is a corridor at least a mile wide that crosses the width of Florida. The Cross Florida Greenway is made up of land originally acquired for the Cross Florida Barge Canal. The Cross Florida Barge Canal was a project to provide a commercial shipping channel between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The Canal was begun in 1964 but was halted due to environmental concerns.
The Cross Florida Greenway was officially opened to outdoor recreation in 1999. The Cross Florida Greenway made use of the land that had been acquired for the Gulf-Atlantic Ship Canal between 1933 and 1935 and the land acquired for the Cross Florida Barge Canal of the 1960s. After presidential intervention in the 1970s the land lay dormant until it was given to the Florida government for recreation and conservation in the 1990s.
CROSS FLORIDA GREENWAY