Bluegill Trail


Bluegill Trail Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Palm Beach
Length: 5.4 miles
Trail end points: Riverbend Park (Jupiter) and Karen T. Marcus Sandhill Crane Access Park (Palm Beach Gardens)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8862498
Trail activities: Bike, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Bluegill Trail Description

Palm Beach County's Bluegill Trail follows the eastern side of the C-18 Canal between Riverbend Park in Jupiter and Karen T. Marcus Sandhill Crane Access Park in Palm Beach Gardens. The trail features a shell-rock surface that may not be suitable for bikes with skinny tires. An adjacent grass path provides an ideal route for equestrian users.

Riverbend Park offers a perfect spot for picnicking and fishing over its 665 acres, but note that pets are not allowed. While significantly smaller, Karen T. Marcus Sandhill Crane Access Park offers much the same experience at the trail's southern end.

In the near future, the Bluegill Trail will be extended south along the canal another 4.6 miles to scenic Grassy Waters Preserve.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Bluegill Trail is available at both ends of the trail at Riverbend Park (9060 Indiantown Road) in Jupiter and Karen T. Marcus Sandhill Crane Access Park (8175 PGA Boulevard) in Palm Beach Gardens.

Bluegill Trail Reviews

Started at main parking lot at Riverbend Park off Indiantown Rd. You want to follow the Ocean to Lake Trail on the east side of the park to the intersection of Grove Traik near the equestrian trail. Go around the orange metal gate and over the bridge to access Bluegill to Trail. Riding this to PGA and then looping back is just over 14 miles. Nice quiet ride with a bit of nature. They have removed the water fountain from the PGA rest area so bathrroms are available there but no potable water.

The path is fairly easy, solid sand and shell rock with small rocks sticking out just enough to "annoy" your bottom a bit. Don't need a fat bike, normal tires will do fine. One way is 5.5 miles; so 11 miles if you make it back to where you started. The trail has not a single curve; it's not a lot to see riding along the canal, so it's really not that exciting to ride along.

From PGA National's south entrance at Northlake Boulevard, all side walk, travel west to the Bee-Line highway, turn right onto the paved section of the Bluegill Trail, and enjoy that section all the way to PGA Boulevard, and Karen Marcus Sandhill Crane Park, turn right onto PGA Boulevard and head East, returning to the West Entrance to PGA National, turn right into PGA National, and return to the resort or your community..

A nice 8 mile run for me or you...




After biking in Fort Lauderdale along side of traffic driving 35 mph or more, this trail was a blessed change. I entered the trail from the southern trail head at the park. There is a nice parking area, clean restrooms and an overlook tower. The entrance to the trail is by the boat launch on the canal. The surface is packed gravel and my Trek hybrid did just fine on the surface. The trail is relatively flat. On the west side of the trail is the canal and on the east is protected marsh and forest. The north end of the trail is not so easily apparent. At the 5.5 mile mark there is a bridge that crosses the canal. The signage indicates parking 1.5 miles south of the bridge. Continuing north on the trail on the east side of the canal the trail becomes more like a service road with soft sand. So I'm not sure where the real north end of the trail is. The trail in completely sunny so be sure to take water and wear sunscreen. There are nature overlooks along the trail and a covered picnic table. Have a great ride.

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