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.


Great for Iguana Lovers

   October, 2015 by britte.lowther

I was a bit disappointed by the trail (pavement needs work), but the abundance of iguanas bring this from a 3 star to a 4 star experience read more


   September, 2015 by 43peterr

Found the El Rio a month or so ago. From Delray it makes a great "end of circuit" after A-1-A (at George Bush) to either Spanish River or Palmetto Park. There is no access across Glades Road/Inter-Coastal. The best part is that it is not far and level ...read more

Trail re-0pens

   September, 2015 by abelj

Excellent, scenic trail. During construction of a new interchange on I-95 and Spanish River Road, the trail is bisected by Yamato road. A tunnel is being built under Yamato Road, which when completed in 2017, should give an excellent continuous ride ...read more