American Auto Trail-Florida Southern Railway (Ridge Manor to Coleman FL)

This travel route explores U.S. Highway 301 northbound, between Ridge Manor and Coleman, Florida.  The route follows the path of the Florida Southern Railway and the earlier Fort King Road.

For more of our American Auto Trails and Slow Travels guides, available in print or eBook format, use one of the links below:


Lulu Press

Camera: Sony Active Camera FDR-X3000

Vehicle: “Tempest” 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

Image Credits:

Dade Monument and National Cemetery (Florida Historical Society–

Music Credits:

River Crossing/ALBIS

Vacation Uke/ALBIS

Happy Sixth/Freedom Trail Studio

Clover 3/Vibe Mountain

Distant Lands/Hanu Dixit

Walking in the Sky/Nico Staf

Liquid Time/Aakash Gandhi

Night Drive/Quincas Moreira

A Tale of Vengeance/Aakash Gandhi

Down the Way/Audionautix


  1. Florida, A Guide to the Southernmost State; Oxford University Press, New York; 1939
  2. “History”; Dade Battlefield Historic State Park; Florida State Parks;
  3. “Charlotte Harbor Division of the Florida Southern Railroad”; The Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 3; Florida Historical Society, 1980.

“Coleman”; Sumter County Florida Online;

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