Florida State Road 26 travels 63.1 miles east from U.S. 19/98/27 Alternate at Fanning Springs to SR 100 in rural west Putnam County. Through Gilchrist County, SR 26 follows a linear course through rural areas between Wilcox and the county seat of Trenton at U.S. 129 (Main Street). Continuing from Trenton, SR 26 trends northward to the Alachua County line, where it follows Newberry Road east into Newberry.
Expanding into a four lane, divided highway, SR 26 becomes more suburban on the drive east from Newberry into the city of Gainesville. Newberry Road crosses I-75 by The Oaks Mall and then shifts southward toward the University of Florida (UF) campus, where it partitions with SR 26A (SW 2nd Avenue) along University Avenue. SR 26A loops south along Mark Bostick Golf Course and UF. The two routes combine north of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and south of the College Park neighborhood.
University Avenue leads SR 26 into Downtown, where it overlaps with SR 24 east from U.S. 441 (13th Street) and SR 20 east from North Main Street (SR 329). The three routes partition beyond the business district, with SR 24 turning northeast to Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) and Waldo. SR 20 and SR 26 diverge around Newnans Lake to U.S. 301 at Hawthorne and Orange Heights respectively. The eastern extent of SR 26 passes south of Lake Santa Fe and north of Ordway-Swisher Biological Station.
Page Updated 04-16-2019.