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With a final 3.5 miles paved in between Osteen and Farmton in 2021, the East Central Regional Rail Trail is complete. The trail extends more than 50 miles between DeBary and Edgewater with another segment to Titusville. It connects urban centers with the countryside, providing a pathway for commuters and recreationalists. It is also part of two growing trail networks: the Coast-to-Coast Trail, a 250-mile route across Florida from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Ocean; and the East Coast Greenway network stretching north from Florida all the way to Maine.
The first leg of the rail-trail was completed in 2011 with a 5.7-mile segment in Volusia County between Osteen and Deltona. In 2015, this segment was extended east via a new trail bridge over State Route 415 to Guise Road in rural Volusia County. And that same year, two more sections were added to the growing trail: one in Edgewater and another which added a connection to the beautiful Spring-to-Spring Trail.
Farther south in Brevard County, a disconnected 15-mile section opened in 2018, stretching from Canaveral Avenue in Titusville north to the Volusia County Line. Later in the fall, Volusia County opened another 20.2 miles: one segment runs north from the Brevard County line past the new trailhead in Maytown to the trailhead on Cow Creek Road 0.5 miles south of Route 44, which completes the trail between Titusville and Edgewater. The other portion runs west from Maytown to a new trailhead at Gobblers Lodge Road in Farmton.
The East Central Regional Rail Trail occupies a former rail corridor, which Florida purchased and leased to Volusia and Brevard counties for the express purpose of developing a trail. The move represents the longest rail-trail conversion in the state.
In addition, the rail-trail was heralded as one the nation's successful efforts to promote healthy recreation and outdoor tourism across America as part of the America's Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative, launched in 2010. The initiative is a unique effort by the federal government to reconnect an increasingly urban and sedentary American population with the nation's parks, trails and open spaces.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Florida field office was instrumental in the early stages of developing the East Central Regional Rail Trail, going back nearly 20 years, during which RTC worked closely with the railroad that owned the line, as well as the local agencies applying for funding to purchase the corridor.
On its western end, you can access the East Central Regional Rail Trail at Green Spring Park (994 Enterprise/Osteen Road) in Enterprise.
On the northeastern tip of the trail, Edgewater's Rotary Park (902 W. Park Ave.) provides parking, picnic tables, a playground, and restrooms.
On the southern end of the trail in Mims, just north of SR 46, Mims United Methodist Church has made a parking area for those using the trail. A restroom and picnic areas are also available.
Farther south, parking and restrooms are available in Titusville's Parrish Park, located along the A. Max Brewer Causeway.
Additional parking spots are shown in the trail map.
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