The El Rio Trail parallels the canal of the same name, through Boca Raton from Glades Road/SR 808 north to Clint Moore Road. 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.