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Explore the best rated trails in Tavares, FL. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Cross Volusia Trail and Neighborhood Lakes Scenic Trail. With more than 50 trails covering 468 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Dunnellon Trail

Short, but mighty!

March, 2023 by bklemz_tl

This is a pleasant extension to the Withlacoochie Trail connecting into Dunnellon. The trail itself is rather short, but the bridge over the river is an absolute highlight. Enjoyed the scenery through the cypress swamps and the opportunity to extend my ride a few miles further.

Withlacoochee State Trail

Classic Florida trail

March, 2023 by bklemz_tl

Wonderful riding experience through the "real Florida". Trail is in great condition and well marked, with frequent benches and rest areas. Scenic throughout with much wildlife viewing. Bluebird boxes have been placed along the length of the trail and are being well used by the birds. The area along the water near Inverness was a particular highlight, but the entire length of trail is worthwhile for repeated trips.

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

Nice trail, fast ride!

March, 2023 by bklemz_tl

Began at Green Pond trailhead, mm10. Was surprised to find the lot completely full by 10am on a Monday, but the holiday probably had much to do with this. Was advised they allow overflow parking along the shoulders of the parking lot and trail and I had no issues doing this.

Rode north 19.5 miles to the end at Mabel, then turned around back to Green Pond. Straight as an arrow & flat as a pancake the entire way. Only one real road crossing in that entire stretch. Very scenic throughout, although I thought the section between mm20 to mm25 north of Bay Lake trailhead was the highlight. Plenty of wildlife to keep you entertained.

I experienced none of the surface issues mentioned in other reviews. Some minor tree root bumps, many have been marked. Some filled potholes and a couple new sinkholes that were easy to avoid. I've ridden on much worse. Averaged over 14mph on the entire 39 mile ride & I typically consider anything over 12mph a fast ride.


Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (Santos Trailhead to CR 200)

Excellent Trail!!! A must ride!

March, 2023 by m95hxm5nym

We camped at Whimcycle and were pleasantly surprised of this awesome trail being in our backyard. It’s a beautiful ride and the trail elevation steadily changes up and down to give you a very pleasant ride with beautiful scenery. It’s a must do if you’re in the area.

Lake Apopka Loop Trail

One of the best non-paved trails in Florida. Yes the trail is rough but no rougher than the C&O Towpath. Lot of wildlife to stop and admirer.

March, 2023 by dnnyedy

One of the best non-paved trails in Florida. Yes the trail is rough but no rougher than the C&O Towpath. Lot of wildlife to stop and admirer.

East Central Regional Rail Trail

Great trail.

March, 2023 by jduffy3124

We started at a parking area on Cow Creek Rd and went south and then west to Maytown. I must point out that the Shack View from bike path is extremely underwhelming, but the trail is quiet and rural in this section. The bike trail through this are is in perfect condition at this time. We rode past a private airport with a few planes. There was a trailside stand for refreshments and produce near the Maytown junction. We got in about 25 miles in our round trip and want to return to finish the other legs of the trail. Highly recommended.

East Central Regional Rail Trail

long long trail

February, 2023 by hayes.w.becky

Started in Titusville and rode 20 miles yesterday. Found some delicious coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants in downtown Titusville. Rode 30 miles today. Trail flat and sunny if starting in Titusville - wear sunscreen. Will be back in the future.

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

Great Out and Back Picturesque Trail

February, 2023 by jrmc21

Great for an out and back ride that is mostly tree covered and few road crossings. Saw a tortoise and a gator and lots of cows. Seems to be a place to sit and rest every few miles. Others say the trail is not in great shape - but for me who does not ride more than 11-12mph, I did not see problems. Did not see any place to refill water bottles.

Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL)

The South Sections are Nice Rides, but Trail is not Connected

February, 2023 by jrmc21

When complete, this will be a great trail. But it is in different sections that are not connected. I only did the southern 2 sections on the map. Nice rides on picturesque trails.

West Orange Trail

Winter Garden The Best Cycling Town

February, 2023 by jrmc21

Winter Garden is my favorite town to bike through. Lots of restaurants and shops along the bike trail. I always stop and enjoy. The rest of the trail is in good shape. Many great bike stations to stop and rest and get water. The last several miles of the north end are on-road with a lot of traffic and stop lights.

Good Neighbor Trail

Nice trail

February, 2023 by kippmich

We biked the entire trail to Brooksville to the Withlacoochee trail and back. It’s 10 miles each way. The trailhead in Brooksville is at Russell’s park (off of Russell St, just south of Main St.). There is parking at the trailhead but no facilities. There is nowhere to get water and no bathrooms on the trail. For the first mile, the trail had lots of small tree limbs but it’s been very windy for the past 2 days so hopefully that’s not the norm. The rest of the trail was clean and smoothly paved. There are some little hills. The elevation change was around 370ft. I would ride it again.

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

Van Fleet RailTrail

February, 2023 by jlwhitmer3

This was my first and last visit to this trail. Unfortunately the trail has deteriorated over the years. The tree roots have caused some serious and dangerous conditions to fellow bike riders. Some paint have marked these situations, but not enough to prevent accidents. The trail is so rural and the trailheads are not up to par to other trails in Florida. Sorry to be this negative but some attention to this trail is overdue.

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