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State Road 44
SR 44 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length 102.786 mi (165.418 km)
Existed 1945 renumbering (definition)–present
Western section
Length 49.155 mi (79.107 km)
West end US 19 / US 98 in Crystal River
US 41 in Inverness
I-75 near Wildwood
US 301 in Wildwood
East end US 441 in Leesburg
Central section
Length 52.198 mi (84.005 km)
West end US 441 in Mount Dora
US 17 / US 92 in DeLand
I-4 near DeLand
I-95 in New Smyrna Beach
US 1 in New Smyrna Beach
East end SR A1A in New Smyrna Beach
Eastern section
Length 1.433 mi (2.306 km)
West end North Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach
East end Peninsula Avenue in New Smyrna Beach
Highway system
Florida State and County Roads
Interstate • US • SR (Pre-1945) • Toll • County
SR 43 SR 45

State Road 44 (SR 44) is an east–west state highway in the U.S. state of Florida. It runs from Crystal River on the Gulf of Mexico east to New Smyrna Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, passing through Inverness, Wildwood, Leesburg and DeLand.

A section in Lake County, between eastern Leesburg and a point north of Mount Dora, is concurrent with U.S. Highway 441 (SR 500). This concurrency is not signed; signs on US 441 mark it as TO SR 44. The former alignment of SR 44 in that area is now mostly County Road 44, which runs north of Lake Eustis, on the other side as US 441 and current SR 44.

A former western extension of SR 44 from Crystal River to the Gulf of Mexico is now County Road 44. In some locations, it is signed as County Road 44W.


In Lake County, SR 44 originally passed through downtown Leesburg on Main Street, merging with US 441 east of downtown. It then split to the north on current County Road 44, passing north of Lake Eustis. North of Eustis, it turned southeast on present County Road 452, merging with State Road 19 into downtown Eustis, where it turned east on Orange Avenue to rejoin current SR 44 east of Eustis.

The current alignment around the south side of Leesburg was taken over ca. 1986. It had previously been State Road 468 from the west end to U.S. Highway 27 (SR 25) and State Road 33 from roughly Canal Street east to Main Street, but was given to the county by the early 1980s.

At some point, SR 44 from US 441 east of Leesburg to State Road 19 north of Eustis was given to the county and numbered County Road 44; the route via US 441 and SR 19 south of Lake Eustis became SR 44. CR 44 has since been realigned to bypass Eustis to the north.

SR 44 was realigned around downtown Eustis in 2005, taking over what had been County Road 44B between US 441 and SR 44 east of Eustis. The Florida Department of Transportation gave SR 44 west of CR 44B to Lake County. CR 44B had been marked from US 441 as a bypass to SR 44 east and from SR 44 as a bypass to US 441 south, as part of a longer bypass of Eustis also including County Road 44 north and west to SR 19.

Major intersections

County Location Mile Roads intersected Notes
Citrus Crystal River 0.000 0.000 US 19 / US 98 (North Suncoast Boulevard / SR 55) – Homosassa Springs, St. Petersburg, Inglis, Crystal River Archaeological State Park
2.378 3.827 CR 486 east (West Norvell Bryant Highway) – Hernando
Lecanto 6.811 10.961 CR 490 west (West Homosassa Trail) – Homosassa Springs, Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park
7.310 11.764 CR 491 (South Lecanto Highway) – Ocala, Beverly Hills, Brooksville, College of Central Florida Citrus Campus
Inverness 15.906 25.598 CR 581 south (South Pleasant Grove Road) – Brooksville
16.581 26.685 To CR 581 north / Davidson Avenue
16.668 26.825 US 41 north (SR 45) – Hernando, Dunnellon west end of US 41 / SR 45 overlap
17.615 28.349 US 41 south (SR 45) – Floral City, Brooksville, Fort Cooper State Park east end of US 41 / SR 45 overlap
21.105 33.965 CR 470 west (East Gospel Island Road)
Sumter 27.294 43.925 CR 470 east – Lake Panasoffkee
30.970 49.841 CR 475 north
32.70 52.63 I-75 (SR 93) to Florida's Turnpike – Ocala, Tampa I-75 exit 329
33.698 54.232 CR 44A east
Wildwood 36.282 58.390 US 301 (SR 35) – The Villages, Belleview, Coleman
Orange Home 39.387 63.387 CR 44A west
Wildwood 41.012 66.002 CR 468 west
Lake Leesburg 44.641 71.843 CR 468 north / West Main Street – Leesburg, Downtown
46.929 75.525 US 27 (South 14th Street / SR 25) to Florida's Turnpike – Ocala, Clermont
49.155 79.107 US 441 (North Boulevard / SR 500) to SR 44 east
Gap in route
Mount Dora 0.000 0.000 US 441 (SR 500) to SR 44 west / Donnelly Street – Mount Dora, Orlando former CR 44B
Eustis 2.110 3.396 East Orange Avenue - Eustis, Eustis By-Pass to SR 19 north
4.074 6.556 CR 439 north
7.110 11.442 CR 437 – Sorrento
8.263 13.298 CR 46A south – Sanford
Cassia 11.672 18.784 CR 44A west
Crows Bluff 22.667 36.479 CR 42 west – Paisley, Altoona
St. Johns River 22.97 36.97 Francis P. Whitehair Bridge
Volusia 25.472 40.993 CR 4053 north (Grand Avenue) – Glenwood
26.172 42.120 CR 4110 west (Old New York Avenue) – Hontoon Island State Park, Amtrak
DeLand 26.880 43.259 SR 15A (Spring Garden Avenue) – by-pass to US 17 / US 92
28.140 45.287 US 17 / US 92 (Woodland Boulevard / SR 15 / SR 600) – Daytona Beach, Orange City, DeLeon Springs
30.840 49.632 CR 4101 (Kepler Road)
DeLand 32.082 51.631 CR 4139 south – Lake Helen, Cassadaga, Daytona State College
33.00 53.11 I-4 (SR 400) – Daytona Beach, Sanford I-4 exit 118
33.770 54.348 Prevatt Avenue - Lake Helen
39.692 63.878 CR 4118 east (Pioneer Trail)
Samsula 43.244 69.594 SR 415 south / CR 415 north – Osteen, Sanford
New Smyrna Beach 48.16 77.51 I-95 (SR 9) – Jacksonville, Miami I-95 exit 249
51.191 82.384
SR 44 Bus. east to US 1 – Atlantic Center for the Arts
52.1 83.8 US 1 (SR 5) to SR A1A north interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
52.198 84.005 SR A1A south to SR 44 east (North Causeway) – Beaches
Gap in route
0.000 0.000 North Riverside Drive
1.22 1.96 North Causeway over Indian River (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway)
1.433 2.306 Peninsula Avenue
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related roads

State Road 44 Business

State Road 44 Business
Location: New Smyrna Beach

State Road 44 Business is a state road in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The latest GIS data has it listed as SR 44 even though there are two signs which have "business" tabs on them. Business 44 was the old alignment of SR 44 through downtown New Smyrna Beach.

County Road 44W (Citrus County)

West Fort Island Trail
Location: Fort Island-Crystal River

County Road 44W exists as the western tip of old State Road 44, south of Crystal River. The suffix, "W", was most likely added to not confuse this section with State Road 44, to the north, and to show its location by being west of US 19 and US 98(SR 55). As with the majority of these type of 'coastal spur' routes, in West Central Florida, it is county maintained.

County Road 44A (Sumter County)

Lake County Road 44A FL.svg

County Road 44A
Location: Wildwood – Orange Home

County Road 44A exists along the north side of State Road 44 in Wildwood and Orange Home. The road begins southeast of the interchange with Interstate 75, and instantly intersects with CR 225, which runs north and south, while CR 44A runs directly east and west until it curves slightly to the right and becomes Kilgore Street. The road then moves south onto Central Avenue running parallel to the CSX line until reaching Lynum Street, and crosses the tracks until Lynum Street terminates at US 301. County Road 44A then not only crosses US 301 to enter Huey Street, but the wye for the former Leesburg and Tavares railroad line. One block away, CR 44A breaks away from Huey Street and curves south before running along the north side of the right-of-way of the previously mentioned abandoned railroad line. The line contained a series of abandoned freight cars until the 2000s (decade), and the road and railroad line followed each other until CR 44A terminates at a recreational vehicle park in Orange Home.

Lake County

Lake County Road 44 FL.svg

County Road 44
Location: LeesburgMount Dora

County Road 44 is a county highway in Lake County in the U.S. state of Florida. It runs from U.S. Route 441 near Leesburg in the west to State Road 44 near Mount Dora in the east.

The western terminus County Road 44 is at an intersection with the concurrency of U.S. Route 441, State Road 44, and State Road 500 at the eastern edge of Leesburg, near Leesburg Regional Airport. From there, it heads northeast past Silver Lake, then east past Lake Eustis, before arriving in the town of Eustis.

In Eustis, CR 44 intersects State Road 19. There, CR 44 splits into two branches. The northern branch heads east from the intersection to its terminus at County Road 44A. The southern branch continues south from the intersection, concurrent with SR 19, before turning east on East Orange Avenue. It then passes by Lake Joanna before terminating at State Road 44 between the towns of Eustis and Mount Dora.

County Road 44 Leg A is a short spur near CR 44's western terminus in Leesburg. It serves as an alternate route for northbound US 441 traffic to reach eastbound CR 44.

County Road 44A

Lake County Road 44A FL.svg

County Road 44A
Location: UmatillaMount Dora

County Road 44A is an east/west county road in Lake County in the U.S. state of Florida. Its western terminus is at State Road 19 in Umatilla, and its eastern terminus is at State Road 44 about 10 miles (16 km) east of Mount Dora.

The western terminus of County Road 44A is at an intersection with State Road 19 in the town of Umatilla. CR 44A heads out of Umatilla eastward on Rose Street before turning south. Then in Dalhousie Acres (near Lake Dalhousie), it intersects County Road 450A before continuing south towards Eustis.

On the eastern edge of Eustis, CR 44A intersects one of the eastern termini of County Road 44 before turning east once again on DeLand Road. It then continues east on DeLand Road for approximately 9.4 miles (15.1 km), passing by Black Bear Golf Club, before reaching its eastern terminus at State Road 44.

County Road 44B

Lake County Road 44B FL.svg

County Road 44B
Location: Mount Dora

County Road 44B, formerly a short north/south county route in the Mount Dora area. In 2004, CR 44B was turned over to State Road 44 when SR 44 was re-routed out of downtown Eustis, with SR 44 becoming a complete eastern and southern bypass of Eustis. The remaining portion of SR 44 through Eustis was reverted to CR 44, and remains unsigned to this day.

County Road 44C

Lake County Road 44C FL.svg

County Road 44C
Location: Mount Dora

County Road 44C, is Eudora Road, a short north/south county route also in the Mount Dora area. It spans from the convoluted intersection between Old County Road 441 and the eastern terminus of County Road 19A to US 441-SR 44 almost crossing the Mount Dora-Eustis border.

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