El Rio Trail

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The El Rio Trail parallels the canal of the same name, through Boca Raton from Glades Road/SR 808 north to Congress Avenue. There is one break in the trail where it crosses NW 51st Street/SR 794/Yamato Road. There is no crosswalk here, and the train tracks also make for a dangerous intersection. Trail users should not attempt to cross here. Instead, you can cross a bridge over the canal toward the Boca Raton Train Station just south of Yamato Road then take 50th Street to Technology Way, turn right and cross Yamato Road at the traffic signal. To reach the northern segment of the El Rio Trail, head east (right) along the sidewalk. The trail picks up again just past the canal.

Watch for turtles, great blue herons, owls, butterflies and iguanas along the canal. You can also bring a fishing pole and drop a line. In addition, bike lockers are available along the trail for those who want to hop on the Tri-Rail or Palm Tran.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the Florida Atlantic University's guest parking area, which is a short walk to the trailhead at its southern terminus.


Nice trail

   April, 2015 by sir_randall954

I have ridden this trail many times while bike commuting to work. It is nicely maintained. Outside of the poorly thought out crossing at Yamato, this is a 5 star trail with access to FAU, Tri-Rail, multiple business parks and the T-Rex Trail which runs ...read more

Nice Trail

   March, 2015 by kevinosborn

This is a nice north/south trail that is wide enough for multiple people side by side. Most of it is asphalt but a section at the north is concrete. As noted by other reviews the trail was extended north from Clint Moore to Congress and this leg is ...read more

Update since Dec. 2011

   April, 2013 by phishhead

Still absolutely love El Rio. City has extended N. of Clint Moore to Congress Ave right next to Costco. Easy connection to T-Rex Trail on west side of tracks, which can bring you further west and a connection to Patch Reef Trail...not a seemless connection ...read more