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Along The Way - US-23

Running over 1,400 miles from Jacksonville, Florida, to Mackinaw City, Michigan, US Route 23 is an eclectic mix of suburban and rural scenery. It takes riders away from the Atlantic Ocean, through alligator infested swamps and over moderately high mountain passes.

It is four lane highway in many places, and at times it runs concurrently with Interstate routes. Riders won't lose much time traveling this road if the intent is to cover miles quickly. But, there are so many places to stop and wander about that those wanting a leisurely pace will still be happy.

At the end of the road lies one of the engineering marvels of the world, the mighty Mackinac Bridge at the top of the lower peninsula of Michigan. From Mackinaw City it's possible to continue a northbound trek across the bridge, or take a ferry to Mackinac Island to soak in the history and atmosphere of a place that doesn't allow motorized vehicles. It's a hoot, but be careful not to step in those road apples.

Jackonville, FL to Folkston, GA

Est 42 miles - .8 hours (click here for route map)


Major Crossroads



Leaving the "Bold New City of The South" from Ocean Street, the route first takes the name Kings Road is a one way street. If you are here between 4:50 and 6:00 PM you are likely going to experience a lot of stop and go until crossing Myrtle Avenue. Sometimes taking Beaver St (US-90) to Myrtle Ave and then making the jog north back to Kings Road is quicker. But you started early, didn't you? So traffic in downtown isn't that bad and you can enjoy a few minutes enjoying the Jacksonville Landing at the riverside - a combination mall and entertainment spot that has highlighted Jacksonville since the mid 1970's.

The area is residential until merging with Martin Luther King Pkwy, where the route co-locates with US-1 and takes on an industrial nature until passing the I-95 loop, where it assume a very rural nature for the next two hundred miles. Be prepared to experience the odor of dairy farms and diesel trucks. The roadway is four lane divided for most of the way to Folkston, but it not limited access. Stay aware of slow vehicles entering and leaving the roadway.

US-301 joins at Callahan and if you want to make a last visit to the Atlantic Ocean take a right on FL-200 and run over to Fernandina Beach for a quick seafood lunch or a visit to Fort Clinch State Park.

At Folkston you will find a couple of motels, some fast food choices, and about 70 trains a day passing through the "Funnel", a two track section of CSX rail that is famous for rail watching. In recent years a nice viewing area, complete with radio receiver, has been erected for everyone to enjoy. South of town on GA-121 is the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, where you can view hundreds of alligators, venomous snakes, and other reptiles sunning themselves.

Display # 
GA - Folkston (GA-121) - Okefenokee NWR
GA - Folkston (US-1) - Relax Inn
GA - Folkston (US-1) - The Inn at Folkston
GA - Folkston (US-301) - Newell Lodge
GA - Toccoa - Area M/C Dealer & Repair
KY - Greenup (US-23)- Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
KY - Louisa (KY-32) - Yatesville Lake State Park
KY - Pikeville (US-23) - Fishtrap Lake State Park
KY - Prestonsburg (KY-3) - Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
MI - Ann Arbor (US-23) - Hands-On Science Museum
MI - Flint, Michigan (M-21) - Flint Institute of Arts
MI - Flushing (M-13) - Flushing Area Historical Society Museum
MI - Mackinac Island City (US-23) - State Hist Parks
MI - Mackinaw City (US-23) - Colonial Michilimackinac
MI - Oscoda (US-23) - Wurtsmith Div, Yankee Air Museum
MI - Alpena (US-23) - Jesse Besser Museum
MI - Ann Arbor - Area Attractions
MI - Bay City (M-84) - Bay County Historical Society
MI - Bay City - Area MC Dealers/Shops
MI - Brighton (US-23) - C & C Sports
MI - Detroit - Area MC Dealers/Shops
MI - Flint (US-23) - Area MC Dealers/Shops
MI - Frankenmuth (M-83) - Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
MI - Frankenmuth (M-83) - Frankenmuth Historical Museum
MI - Frankenmuth (M-83) - Jellystone Park RV Campground
MI - Howell (M-59) - Howell Cycle Powersports
MI - Mackinaw City - Area MC Dealers/Shops
MI - Midland (US-10) - Stevens Cycle Sales, Inc.
MI - New Hudson (I-96) - Kensington Motorsports
MI - Oscoda (US-23) - Old Orchard Park Campground
MI - Oscoda (US-23) - Rest-All Inn
MI - Saginaw (M-13) - The Castle Museum
MI - Tecumseh (M-50) - Tecumseh Area Historical Society Museum
NC - Maggie Valley - Area Lodging
NC - Waynesville (US-23) - Carolina Cycle Center
OH - Delaware (OH-315) - Olentangy Indian Caverns
OH - Maumee (US-20) - Honda East Toledo
OH - Waterville (OH-64) - Toledo, Lake Erie & Western RR