Inglis Bypass Recreation Area - Cross Florida Greenway
The Inglis Bypass Recreation Area is a part of the Cross Florida Greenway that extends for 110 miles from Yankeetown on the west coast to just south of Palatka on the St. Johns River near the east coast of Florida.

Inglis Bypass is a manmade canal constructed to divert water from the Withlacoochee River as part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal ... a failed public works project from many years ago. The bypass canal includes a spillway to regulate fresh water flow into the lower Withlacoochee. The original plan for the bypass included a lock to allow boat traffic along the canal.

Access to Inglis Bypass Recreation Area is via Canal Road, which runs south from State Road 40 along the east margin of Inglis' Buddy Risher Park. Canal Road follows the north bank of Inglis Bypass for about 3/4 of a mile. At its western terminous, Canal Road becomes Spillway Road. Access to both sides of the canal is provided by a walkway across the spillway. There are two picnic pavilions at that location, as well as public restroom facilities.

The picnic area at Inglis Bypass Recreation Area overlooks the point where the bypass canal flows into the lower Withlacoochee River. From that point, the river continues downstream through the town of Inglis and on to Yankeetown before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The River provides opportunities to fish for both fresh and saltwater species, since the water at that point is influenced by outflow from the spillway and tidal flow from the Gulf.

Mowed grass paths, suitable for hiking or off-road biking, run to the east toward Inglis Lock Recreation Area, and to the west all the way to U.S. Highway 19 - a total distance of about 3 miles.
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