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.
Update since Dec. 2011
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 ...
A nicely maintained trail, but with a few busy road crossings to contend with. Extensions connect to both the new trails in the Spanish river park, and the existing trail north of congress along the canal. Thanks to a new light on Congress Ave, the northern ...
Extended N to Congress
Today (FEB 9, 2013) rode newly paved section which has extended this trail to the North. It's northern terminus is now at Congress Ave. Nice ride.