One of the most stunning sections of the Florida Greenway is in North Florida along Amelia Island. As you can see the trail heads straight for the beach and follows along A1A (click on the image or link below for the maps of the Greenway in Florida. Amelia Island is in the first section - 01. Nassau County.)
As you approach the south end of Amelia Island, much of the East Coast Greenway lies along the beautiful Amelia Island Trail. This trail is overseen by the Friends of the Amelia Island Trail. So far 6.2 miles of 10 foot wide paved off-road trail have been completed. This trail connects parks and watering holes through this bastion of good living between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway.
From this trail you can turn onto Lewis Street, just south of the junction of A1A and Amelia Island Parkway, to go to American Beach. This historical community, now nestled among rising condos, was once the site of a black summer resort. It's under development pressure from the north and south, the same as other once thriving black vacation communities up and down east coast Florida. Here is a well-written article from the Fernandina Observer about the History of American Beach.
Thanks to Phil Scanlan, one of the founders of Friends of the Amelia Island Trail for passing this information and link link our way - and especially for his ongoing work on the Amelia Island Trail.