15 Old Florida Heritage Highway

Old Florida Heritage Highway

Byway Length: 45 Miles

Designated: June 7, 2001

FDOT District: 2


Central to the cultural heritage of Old Florida Heritage Highway is Florida’s Pulitzer Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home at Cross Creek where she lived and worked from 1928-1953 and wrote her novel The Yearling.  Her cracker-style home and farm are part of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.

Featured sites along the corridor include Paynes Prairie State Preserve; the University of Florida’s Lake Wauburg recreation area, forested and pastoral countryside interspersed with smaller lakes, prairies, and rural homesteads; and the historic communities of Micanopy, Rochelle, Evinston and Cross Creek. The rural roadside environment of CR 325 and CR 346 offers refuge for the winter migration of sandhill cranes and bald eagle viewing areas.

The stretch along Scenic US 441 and the loop/spur roads offers a plethora of recreational opportunities, including bicycling, camping, bird watching, canoeing, hiking, and equestrian activities.

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Byway Resources

General Directions

Located in the north central part of the State just south of Gainesville, the byway can be accessed from I-75 – exit 382.  The byway includes sections of US 441 in Marion County and CR 34 and 18 in Alachua County.

Associated Resources

These are specific resources for this byway. See Associated Florida Resources for connections to organizations affecting all byways in Florida.

City of Micanopy:

Visit Gainesville:

Paynes Prairie Preserve:

Friends of Paynes Prairie:

MK Rawlings State Park:

Friends of MK Rawlings: