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.


El Rio bike trail

   May, 2016 by bradshaw59

An excellent ride from the FAU campus to Congress Ave near Costco. Crossing the railroad tracks/ Yamato Rd. was not a problem. The first part from the FAU campus is the most beautiful section along the EL Rio Canal. read more

Same aspahlalt concrete mix as the sidewalks around boca

   December, 2015 by seanjuro

This trail is made of a mix of asphalt concrete and coral I was hoping it was real asphalt because this stuff has been tearing up my shoes and hurting my knees. read more

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