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Cady Way Trail

6.5 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Casselberry Greenway Trail

5 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Cross Seminole Trail

22.8 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

East Central Regional Rail Trail

15 mi
State: FL
Asphalt, Concrete

Flagler Trail

14 mi
State: FL
Concrete, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Gaston Edwards Trail

0.7 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Gertrude's Walk

0.25 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Historic Jungle Trail

7.8 mi
State: FL
Sand

Kewannee Trail

1.7 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Little Econ Greenway

8 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Orlando Urban Trail

2.6 mi
State: FL
Asphalt, Concrete

Pine Hills Trail

2.5 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Ponce Inlet Trail

3.5 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Route A1A Trail

21.8 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Sanford Riverwalk

1 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Seminole Wekiva Trail

14 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL)

1.4 mi
State: FL
Boardwalk, Concrete

Spring to Spring Trail

17 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Titusville Multi-Use Trail

1.9 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

West Orange Trail

22 mi
State: FL
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Woodchips
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Cady Way Trail runs from the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Howell Branch Road/Hall Road (just east of Goldenrod Park in Goldenrod) west and south to Colonial Town Center (Fashion Square Mall)...
FL 6.5 mi Asphalt
Casselberry Greenway Trail (formerly known as Wirz Trail) is a 5-mile multi-use path zig-zagging through Casselberry, Florida, linking neighborhoods to schools, parks and shopping.  The first segment...
FL 5 mi Asphalt
Stretching from Orlando’s densely populated outskirts to the sleepy bedroom communities of Oviedo, Winter Springs, and Lake Mary, the Cross Seminole Trail provides crucial residential links in this...
FL 22.8 mi Asphalt
When complete, the East Central Regional Rail Trail will extend more than 50 miles between DeBary and Edgewater with another segment to Titusville. The trail will connect urban centers with the...
FL 15 mi Asphalt, Concrete
A rail-trail that's a bit wild and off the beaten path, the Flagler Trail runs for around fourteen miles through rural Seminole County, to the northwest of Orlando. Nearly the entirety of the trail is...
FL 14 mi Concrete, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
In northern Orlando, the Gaston Edwards Trail provides a pleasant jaunt of nearly a mile along Lake Ivanhoe's eastern shore. (Hence, the trail is also known as the Lake Ivanhoe Trail.) The paved route...
FL 0.7 mi Concrete
Gertrude’s Walk spans three city blocks in downtown Orlando, providing access to offices and the city’s sports arena not far from its southern end. The trail runs adjacent to an active CSX and Amtrak...
FL 0.25 mi Concrete
The Historic Jungle trail winds for nearly 8 miles along a sandy road through the hammock habitat of Florida's barrier islands north of Vero Beach. The trail—really a road—is on the National Register...
FL 7.8 mi Sand
Kewannee Trail is a charming, neighborhood trail in Maitland, Florida. More than just a recreation path, the trail is popular as a connective line from the neighborhood to several destinations...
FL 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Little Econ Greenway trail is just one section of the Orlando area's many fine trails. features riverside recreation, picnicking, wildlife watching, and canoe trails. It also features a canal...
FL 8 mi Asphalt
Orlando Urban Trail offers a pleasant way for pedestrians and bicyclists to reach a number of recreational and cultural attractions in the city's northern neighborhoods. It winds by several lakes,...
FL 2.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Opened in 2017, Orange County's Pine Hills Trail spans 1.75 miles from Alhambra Drive to Silver Star Road in a western subdivision of Orlando. In the middle of the north-south route, a spur heads...
FL 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Ponce Inlet Trail stretches down Florida's eastern seashore from the southern outskirts of Daytona Beach to the small coastal town of Ponce Inlet. The trail begins at Major Street and follows S....
FL 3.5 mi Concrete
The Route A1A Trail runs along the west side of Route A1A in Indian River County, FL, linking the barrier islands off the coast of Vero Beach. There are numerous driveway and road crossings, and in...
FL 21.8 mi Asphalt
The Sanford Riverwalk Trail follows the shoreline of Lake Monroe in Sanford, FL, north of Orlando. The riverwalk extends from US 17-92 to Mellonville Avenue and is one of the most scenic paved trails...
FL 1 mi Asphalt
Running along the former line of the Orange Belt Railway, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail offers a peaceful alternative to the busy streets of Altamonte Springs. This popular, well-marked, 14-mile route is...
FL 14 mi Asphalt
After 30 years of planning, the first segment of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail opened in Kissimmee in November 2016. The paved trail spans just over 1 mile, beginning near Steffee Landing, south of...
FL 1.4 mi Boardwalk, Concrete
If you're traveling to central Florida, you won't want to miss the Spring to Spring Trail, which connects a number of small, friendly towns between Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as many of the...
FL 17 mi Asphalt
The Titusville Multi-Use Trail, also known as the Wuesthoff Trail, is a short and pleasant paved path located in the southern outskirts of the city of Titusville. The trail runs through Wuesthoff Park...
FL 1.9 mi Asphalt
Connecting small communities and suburban neighborhoods, the 22-mile West Orange Trail is one of Florida's most popular rail-trails, thanks to its reputation and proximity to metro Orlando. Fifteen...
FL 22 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Woodchips

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Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL)

FL - 1.4 miles

After 30 years of planning, the first segment of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail opened in Kissimmee in November 2016. The paved trail spans just over 1 mile, beginning near Steffee Landing, south of...

West Orange Trail

FL - 22 miles

Connecting small communities and suburban neighborhoods, the 22-mile West Orange Trail is one of Florida's most popular rail-trails, thanks to its reputation and proximity to metro Orlando. Fifteen...

Gaston Edwards Trail

FL - 0.7 miles

In northern Orlando, the Gaston Edwards Trail provides a pleasant jaunt of nearly a mile along Lake Ivanhoe's eastern shore. (Hence, the trail is also known as the Lake Ivanhoe Trail.) The paved route...

Pine Hills Trail

FL - 2.5 miles

Opened in 2017, Orange County's Pine Hills Trail spans 1.75 miles from Alhambra Drive to Silver Star Road in a western subdivision of Orlando. In the middle of the north-south route, a spur heads...

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Ponce Inlet Trail

FL - 3.5 miles

The Ponce Inlet Trail stretches down Florida's eastern seashore from the southern outskirts of Daytona Beach to the small coastal town of Ponce Inlet. The trail begins at Major Street and follows S....

Route A1A Trail

FL - 21.8 miles

The Route A1A Trail runs along the west side of Route A1A in Indian River County, FL, linking the barrier islands off the coast of Vero Beach. There are numerous driveway and road crossings, and in...

Kewannee Trail

FL - 1.7 miles

Kewannee Trail is a charming, neighborhood trail in Maitland, Florida. More than just a recreation path, the trail is popular as a connective line from the neighborhood to several destinations...

Gertrude's Walk

FL - 0.25 miles

Gertrude’s Walk spans three city blocks in downtown Orlando, providing access to offices and the city’s sports arena not far from its southern end. The trail runs adjacent to an active CSX and Amtrak...

East Central Regional Rail Trail

FL - 15 miles

When complete, the East Central Regional Rail Trail will extend more than 50 miles between DeBary and Edgewater with another segment to Titusville. The trail will connect urban centers with the...

Historic Jungle Trail

FL - 7.8 miles

The Historic Jungle trail winds for nearly 8 miles along a sandy road through the hammock habitat of Florida's barrier islands north of Vero Beach. The trail—really a road—is on the National Register...

Orlando Urban Trail

FL - 2.6 miles

Orlando Urban Trail offers a pleasant way for pedestrians and bicyclists to reach a number of recreational and cultural attractions in the city's northern neighborhoods. It winds by several lakes,...

Casselberry Greenway Trail

FL - 5 miles

Casselberry Greenway Trail (formerly known as Wirz Trail) is a 5-mile multi-use path zig-zagging through Casselberry, Florida, linking neighborhoods to schools, parks and shopping.  The first segment...

Little Econ Greenway

FL - 8 miles

The Little Econ Greenway trail is just one section of the Orlando area's many fine trails. features riverside recreation, picnicking, wildlife watching, and canoe trails. It also features a canal...

Spring to Spring Trail

FL - 17 miles

If you're traveling to central Florida, you won't want to miss the Spring to Spring Trail, which connects a number of small, friendly towns between Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as many of the...

Titusville Multi-Use Trail

FL - 1.9 miles

The Titusville Multi-Use Trail, also known as the Wuesthoff Trail, is a short and pleasant paved path located in the southern outskirts of the city of Titusville. The trail runs through Wuesthoff Park...

Cross Seminole Trail

FL - 22.8 miles

Stretching from Orlando’s densely populated outskirts to the sleepy bedroom communities of Oviedo, Winter Springs, and Lake Mary, the Cross Seminole Trail provides crucial residential links in this...

Sanford Riverwalk

FL - 1 miles

The Sanford Riverwalk Trail follows the shoreline of Lake Monroe in Sanford, FL, north of Orlando. The riverwalk extends from US 17-92 to Mellonville Avenue and is one of the most scenic paved trails...

Seminole Wekiva Trail

FL - 14 miles

Running along the former line of the Orange Belt Railway, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail offers a peaceful alternative to the busy streets of Altamonte Springs. This popular, well-marked, 14-mile route is...

Cady Way Trail

FL - 6.5 miles

The Cady Way Trail runs from the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Howell Branch Road/Hall Road (just east of Goldenrod Park in Goldenrod) west and south to Colonial Town Center (Fashion Square Mall)...

Sanford Riverwalk

FL - 1 miles

The Sanford Riverwalk Trail follows the shoreline of Lake Monroe in Sanford, FL, north of Orlando. The riverwalk extends from US 17-92 to Mellonville Avenue and is one of the most scenic paved trails...

Little Econ Greenway

FL - 8 miles

The Little Econ Greenway trail is just one section of the Orlando area's many fine trails. features riverside recreation, picnicking, wildlife watching, and canoe trails. It also features a canal...

East Central Regional Rail Trail

FL - 15 miles

When complete, the East Central Regional Rail Trail will extend more than 50 miles between DeBary and Edgewater with another segment to Titusville. The trail will connect urban centers with the...

Gertrude's Walk

FL - 0.25 miles

Gertrude’s Walk spans three city blocks in downtown Orlando, providing access to offices and the city’s sports arena not far from its southern end. The trail runs adjacent to an active CSX and Amtrak...

Accordion

Titusville Multi-Use Trail

FL - 1.9 miles

The Titusville Multi-Use Trail, also known as the Wuesthoff Trail, is a short and pleasant paved path located in the southern outskirts of the city of Titusville. The trail runs through Wuesthoff Park...

Kewannee Trail

FL - 1.7 miles

Kewannee Trail is a charming, neighborhood trail in Maitland, Florida. More than just a recreation path, the trail is popular as a connective line from the neighborhood to several destinations...

Orlando Urban Trail

FL - 2.6 miles

Orlando Urban Trail offers a pleasant way for pedestrians and bicyclists to reach a number of recreational and cultural attractions in the city's northern neighborhoods. It winds by several lakes,...

Seminole Wekiva Trail

FL - 14 miles

Running along the former line of the Orange Belt Railway, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail offers a peaceful alternative to the busy streets of Altamonte Springs. This popular, well-marked, 14-mile route is...

Ponce Inlet Trail

FL - 3.5 miles

The Ponce Inlet Trail stretches down Florida's eastern seashore from the southern outskirts of Daytona Beach to the small coastal town of Ponce Inlet. The trail begins at Major Street and follows S....

Historic Jungle Trail

FL - 7.8 miles

The Historic Jungle trail winds for nearly 8 miles along a sandy road through the hammock habitat of Florida's barrier islands north of Vero Beach. The trail—really a road—is on the National Register...

Route A1A Trail

FL - 21.8 miles

The Route A1A Trail runs along the west side of Route A1A in Indian River County, FL, linking the barrier islands off the coast of Vero Beach. There are numerous driveway and road crossings, and in...

Casselberry Greenway Trail

FL - 5 miles

Casselberry Greenway Trail (formerly known as Wirz Trail) is a 5-mile multi-use path zig-zagging through Casselberry, Florida, linking neighborhoods to schools, parks and shopping.  The first segment...

Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL)

FL - 1.4 miles

After 30 years of planning, the first segment of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail opened in Kissimmee in November 2016. The paved trail spans just over 1 mile, beginning near Steffee Landing, south of...

West Orange Trail

FL - 22 miles

Connecting small communities and suburban neighborhoods, the 22-mile West Orange Trail is one of Florida's most popular rail-trails, thanks to its reputation and proximity to metro Orlando. Fifteen...

Flagler Trail

FL - 14 miles

A rail-trail that's a bit wild and off the beaten path, the Flagler Trail runs for around fourteen miles through rural Seminole County, to the northwest of Orlando. Nearly the entirety of the trail is...

Gaston Edwards Trail

FL - 0.7 miles

In northern Orlando, the Gaston Edwards Trail provides a pleasant jaunt of nearly a mile along Lake Ivanhoe's eastern shore. (Hence, the trail is also known as the Lake Ivanhoe Trail.) The paved route...

Cady Way Trail

FL - 6.5 miles

The Cady Way Trail runs from the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Howell Branch Road/Hall Road (just east of Goldenrod Park in Goldenrod) west and south to Colonial Town Center (Fashion Square Mall)...

Pine Hills Trail

FL - 2.5 miles

Opened in 2017, Orange County's Pine Hills Trail spans 1.75 miles from Alhambra Drive to Silver Star Road in a western subdivision of Orlando. In the middle of the north-south route, a spur heads...

Cross Seminole Trail

FL - 22.8 miles

Stretching from Orlando’s densely populated outskirts to the sleepy bedroom communities of Oviedo, Winter Springs, and Lake Mary, the Cross Seminole Trail provides crucial residential links in this...

Spring to Spring Trail

FL - 17 miles

If you're traveling to central Florida, you won't want to miss the Spring to Spring Trail, which connects a number of small, friendly towns between Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as many of the...

Spring to Spring Trail

FL - 17 miles

If you're traveling to central Florida, you won't want to miss the Spring to Spring Trail, which connects a number of small, friendly towns between Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as many of the...

Cady Way Trail

FL - 6.5 miles

The Cady Way Trail runs from the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Howell Branch Road/Hall Road (just east of Goldenrod Park in Goldenrod) west and south to Colonial Town Center (Fashion Square Mall)...

Route A1A Trail

FL - 21.8 miles

The Route A1A Trail runs along the west side of Route A1A in Indian River County, FL, linking the barrier islands off the coast of Vero Beach. There are numerous driveway and road crossings, and in...

Flagler Trail

FL - 14 miles

A rail-trail that's a bit wild and off the beaten path, the Flagler Trail runs for around fourteen miles through rural Seminole County, to the northwest of Orlando. Nearly the entirety of the trail is...

Accordion

Ponce Inlet Trail

FL - 3.5 miles

The Ponce Inlet Trail stretches down Florida's eastern seashore from the southern outskirts of Daytona Beach to the small coastal town of Ponce Inlet. The trail begins at Major Street and follows S....

West Orange Trail

FL - 22 miles

Connecting small communities and suburban neighborhoods, the 22-mile West Orange Trail is one of Florida's most popular rail-trails, thanks to its reputation and proximity to metro Orlando. Fifteen...

Titusville Multi-Use Trail

FL - 1.9 miles

The Titusville Multi-Use Trail, also known as the Wuesthoff Trail, is a short and pleasant paved path located in the southern outskirts of the city of Titusville. The trail runs through Wuesthoff Park...

Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL)

FL - 1.4 miles

After 30 years of planning, the first segment of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail opened in Kissimmee in November 2016. The paved trail spans just over 1 mile, beginning near Steffee Landing, south of...

Casselberry Greenway Trail

FL - 5 miles

Casselberry Greenway Trail (formerly known as Wirz Trail) is a 5-mile multi-use path zig-zagging through Casselberry, Florida, linking neighborhoods to schools, parks and shopping.  The first segment...

Cross Seminole Trail

FL - 22.8 miles

Stretching from Orlando’s densely populated outskirts to the sleepy bedroom communities of Oviedo, Winter Springs, and Lake Mary, the Cross Seminole Trail provides crucial residential links in this...

Sanford Riverwalk

FL - 1 miles

The Sanford Riverwalk Trail follows the shoreline of Lake Monroe in Sanford, FL, north of Orlando. The riverwalk extends from US 17-92 to Mellonville Avenue and is one of the most scenic paved trails...

Kewannee Trail

FL - 1.7 miles

Kewannee Trail is a charming, neighborhood trail in Maitland, Florida. More than just a recreation path, the trail is popular as a connective line from the neighborhood to several destinations...

Gaston Edwards Trail

FL - 0.7 miles

In northern Orlando, the Gaston Edwards Trail provides a pleasant jaunt of nearly a mile along Lake Ivanhoe's eastern shore. (Hence, the trail is also known as the Lake Ivanhoe Trail.) The paved route...

Little Econ Greenway

FL - 8 miles

The Little Econ Greenway trail is just one section of the Orlando area's many fine trails. features riverside recreation, picnicking, wildlife watching, and canoe trails. It also features a canal...

Seminole Wekiva Trail

FL - 14 miles

Running along the former line of the Orange Belt Railway, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail offers a peaceful alternative to the busy streets of Altamonte Springs. This popular, well-marked, 14-mile route is...

Orlando Urban Trail

FL - 2.6 miles

Orlando Urban Trail offers a pleasant way for pedestrians and bicyclists to reach a number of recreational and cultural attractions in the city's northern neighborhoods. It winds by several lakes,...

East Central Regional Rail Trail

FL - 15 miles

When complete, the East Central Regional Rail Trail will extend more than 50 miles between DeBary and Edgewater with another segment to Titusville. The trail will connect urban centers with the...

Pine Hills Trail

FL - 2.5 miles

Opened in 2017, Orange County's Pine Hills Trail spans 1.75 miles from Alhambra Drive to Silver Star Road in a western subdivision of Orlando. In the middle of the north-south route, a spur heads...

Gertrude's Walk

FL - 0.25 miles

Gertrude’s Walk spans three city blocks in downtown Orlando, providing access to offices and the city’s sports arena not far from its southern end. The trail runs adjacent to an active CSX and Amtrak...

Historic Jungle Trail

FL - 7.8 miles

The Historic Jungle trail winds for nearly 8 miles along a sandy road through the hammock habitat of Florida's barrier islands north of Vero Beach. The trail—really a road—is on the National Register...

Recent Trail Reviews

East Central Regional Rail Trail

lots of construction now happening

December, 2017 by mikemonett

Yesterday, December 4th, 2017, I investigated the progress on this extensive forked trail, which may be totally finished as early as next year. East from Enterprise, it now ends at Maytown and Guise Roads east of Osteen. The gap between there and Gobbler's Lodge Road/Maytown Road is funded for construction in 2018. From Gobbler's Lodge east to Lake Harney Road along Maytown, construction is just starting. From Lake Harney Road clear up to the trailhead and parking in Edgewater (near Cow Lick and Route 442), construction is advancing, with many miles already asphalt. The other fork, going southeast into Titusville, I will check on soon.

West Orange Trail

west Orange bike trail

November, 2017 by ittybritty

Wonderful paved trail through neighborhoods, nature, & historic old small towns. Lots to do on trail and offers more than others. Would ride again !

Cross Seminole Trail

Wish it connected to Wekiva Trail @ I-4

November, 2017 by clairemonet2008

There are many busy intersections. It’s not as shady as Wekiva Trail either, so I can’t go as far with my dog.

Accordion

Historic Jungle Trail

it’s suck!

October, 2017 by rockydragon77

I don’t like not safe many car coming too narrow when car coming and too many beach sand hard to ride a bike on tires make lot of control. That’s not bike trails! Idiot design!!

Little Econ Greenway

Fun dirt/sand trail

October, 2017 by rstotts37

Trail difficulty is intermediate, but if you just want to take it easy, you can stick to the wide service trails. Definitely would recommend as it has great scenery with some wildlife.

Historic Jungle Trail

Trail impassable due to downed trees

October, 2017 by mjgouveia

I parked at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (which was closed), and really enjoyed the beginning of the trail. It was a hard-packed dirt road with some muddy spots. After the first mile, the condition of the road really degraded, with many downed branches. Still fun, with a wide-tired bike. But the trail dead-ended at 2.6 miles, with several downed trees making the trail impassable. A big disappointment, as I had been looking forward to an 8-mile ride!

Flagler Trail

flooded

October, 2017 by julie.tausch

this trail could've been fun but it was flooded in the section where we tried to enter. Maybe we'll have better luck next time!

Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL)

Excelente trail

September, 2017 by mcuevas.bast

Es una pista corta pero suficiente para hacer un circuito de 5 km ida y vuelta. Excelente opción para correr alrededor de las 7 a 9 am, hay sombra casi todo el recorrido. Nos encontramos conejos, garzas y pavo reales.

West Orange Trail

Trail perfect!

September, 2017 by ken.kentner

The trail is beautiful! Great for all types of riders. Family friendly to serious riders. Short or long rides the trail is the perfect place for exercise. I love the casual rides with my family. Also, love the long rides on my road bike for serious but fun workouts. Beautiful scenery to enjoy all throughout trail. One of the best bike trails in the region.

Historic Jungle Trail

Scenic - wonderful bike route

July, 2017 by kt.tucker88_tl

Beautiful winding route. This is not a "trail" as you may imagine but an unpaved sand/gravel road. I biked this yesterday, arriving from the south on A1A. There was minimal vehicle traffic on the jungle trail. After turning on to Winter road, drive for about a mile and the road becomes gravel. Travel a bit more and there ARE designated parking spots next to a white building. The trail is mostly shaded, and there are some sandy spots and but nothing too obstructive. At the north entrance, there is parking at Pelcian Island Refuge (also a bathroom, water fountain). If you are feeling more adventurous, check out the trails within Pelican Island. There are two 3 mile loop trails, and an observation tower. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen!!!

Route A1A Trail

A1A Trail: Fifty miles across three counties

July, 2017 by bobwise32952_tl

I set out early for a ride on the A1A trail, parking at the North Spessard Holland Beach Park and crossing highway A1A to reach the trail, here a wide concrete sidewalk. In half a mile the surface changes to smooth asphalt, which continues for 16 miles down to Sebastian Inlet. It's unshaded, open to sun and wind, with numerous driveways and occasional cross streets. But it's the only long stretch of off-road trail in Brevard County, and maybe in the counties to the south. It lacks the seclusion of a rail trail, but has many points of interest along the way.

East coast Florida has few rail trails, partly because of the Florida East Coast Railroad. FEC doesn't like to abandon track- they just keep on using it. Say what you like about their union busting tactics, but they are survivors.

A1A trail doesn't stop in Brevard. If I crossed the bridge at the inlet, I could continue across Indian River County, through Wabasso and Vero Beach, on into St. Lucie County. Here Ft. Pierce inlet interrupts the barrier island, forcing the A1A trail inland to join US 1- fifty miles from the its nominal beginning at Ocean Avenue in Melbourne Beach. The highway also has bike lane or a fairly wide margin lane nearly all this distance, frequently ridden by faster-moving cyclists.

A long wooded stretch starts in Wabasso, shading the trail by mid-afternoon, though also channeling the wind north or south. There are connections to city bikeways in Melbourne and Vero Beach. South of Vero the woods thin out. Past Round Island Park, the trail has little or no shade. Highway traffic thins out in south Brevard and again in Indian River county south of Vero Beach.

Pedaling south from Melbourne Beach, I soon passed the Ponce de Leon landing site park, where an amateur historian claimed the European discovery of Florida actually happened. He studied de Leon's logbooks and attempted to replicate his voyage, making landfall near this park. (The accepted landing site is 150 miles north near St. Augustine.)

Florida Power was out early today, too, blocking half a dozen sections of the trail. But the flagmen were courteous and mindful of bicycles. One stopped oncoming traffic to let me pass; another waved me through inside his line of pylons.

Half a mile further on, the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge stretched across the barrier island, with entrances to the right and across A1A to the left. Professor Carr promoted sea turtle conservation and protection before the term "ecology" was coined.

Further on, signs pointed to the recently opened Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park, off to the right on the lagoon side. I wasn't familiar with the preserve, but was watching for signs to Honest John's Fish Camp, where I used to take my daughter fishing decades ago. Had it been swallowed up in some new housing development?

I needn't have worried. Honest John's is still there, surrounded by a preserve which includes a broad swath of the barrier island as well as the archipelago of spoil islands where camp customers usually fish. It's a magical place early in the morning, with pelicans roosting high in the branches of the Australian pines.

South of the park, I turned back, still some miles north of the inlet. Between different rides, I've ridden most of the trail twice or more. Never crossed the Sebastian Inlet Bridge by bike, but it looks safe, with a narrow margin lane and a narrow concrete walkway. Traffic here is usually light.

South of the inlet park, the trail runs along the lagoon shore for two miles, passing a stretch of shallows favored by wade fishermen. As you enter the wooded area north of Wabasso, a sign points to the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (the nation's oldest) and the northern end of the Historic Jungle Trail. This is an eight mile dirt road, mostly hard packed, close to the shore of the lagoon. The refuge has walking trails and an overlook for viewing Pelican Island.

Separated from the jungle trail by woods, A1A trail continues past scores of riverside developments, mostly fenced and gated, with tall trees and brush shading the trail to the west. There's a pretty public beach at Wabasso, beachside restaurants in Vero, and a pleasant stopping place at Round Island Park with beach access to the east and a riverside/island park on the west.

Six miles further south, A1A and the trail turn west toward the mainland, and Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park provides access to the inlet and the lagoon.

I haven't mentioned all the fourteen beach parks along A1A trail, nor all the seven parks and refuges on the lagoon side. The end points are arbitrary. You can bike north from Melbourne Beach along partly urban sidewalk on A1A as far as Patrick AFB. Or ride the bike lane, if you dare, in this heavily trafficked stretch. And there may be biking possibilities southward along US 1 in Ft. Pierce, where A1A crosses to the barrier island again.

East Central Regional Rail Trail

Great Ride

June, 2017 by knitwitti

6/24/17-We started the ride in Osteen where parking was ample and bonus-there was a restroom!!! The ride was great, mostly shaded with beautiful trees and great scenery. We rode 12 miles then went to breakfast at the Osteen Diner-a perfect Saturday morning! Highly recommend no matter what level of rider you are.

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