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Parking can be found on the Stetson University campus, at Earl Brown Park (750 South Alabama Avenue, DeLand) and at Blake Park (493 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen).
Hopefully I"m reviewing the correct trail. Assuming this is what I think it is... I didn't do the entire thing because there came a point I needed $4 to continue (so bring cash). The pavement was excellent, but may be too wavy for some inline skaters. Hopefully I have another chance to do the full trail. I thoroughly enjoyed the portion I skated.
I rode this fragmented trail and the "spring to spring" trail in DeLand recently. There is neither continuity nor signs. I fortunately met a local guy (Carl) who rode with me to the DeLeon springs area which was partially on roads and was narrow & unmarked. Some of the scenery was pretty nice except it was mostly residential.
The short segments near Stetson U, downtown and Earl Brown Park were hard to find and seemed to be just wide sidewalks (especially along Taylor Rd). Riding on the busy roads wasn't much better or safer.
Future plans look good for this area but for now it wasn't worth the drive from NSB ... definitely not a destination ride.
I'm already starting to hear the complaints from the anti-cyclists and the "Not-in-my-backyard" crowd. They want it both ways. They want us off the road but they also don't want bike trails which will reduce a lot of bike traffic on the roads. I think it's great that East Volusia county is finally doing something with the tax dollars that will actually benefit the residence, for a change, instead of always benefiting tourists. I'm looking forward to the new Volusia bike paths since my off road mountain biking days have come to an end due to health issues.
Wow this trail is going to be great. This will get you through some beautiful Florida country side all the way from Orange City/Deland to New Smyrna beach following the old railroad bed that was abandoned in the 1930's. I see that it is about 25 miles long with a 8 mile back country stretch.
Volusia County has done a wonderful job on these trails and I just wonder when this will be on the radar.
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