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Bike, walk or jog along a safe separated multiuse path along State Route 415 between Osteen and Sanford. Points of interest include the East Central Regional Rail Trail (at the SR 415 trail’s northern terminus in Osteen), a nearly 50-mile Central Florida trail. Beck Ranch park in Volusia County lies at the midpoint of the trail. What was once a cattle ranch is now houses 25 acres of dog park, picnic tables, multipurpose fields, as well as interpretive signage telling the history of the ranch. There’s also the St. John’s River crossing, overlooking the slow-moving waterway.
The trail is flat and easy for all ages. The main challenge is that there is little shade to be found so protect your skin from the Florida sunshine while on the trail.
Future plans will connect the SR 415 Trail to the Sanford Riverwalk. Together these trails will be part of a larger 27-mile continuous ride called the Lake Monroe Loop.
There’s plenty of parking at Beck Ranch Park (751 State Rte 415, Osteen) – 65 spaces.
This trail is fine as a connection from Sanford, but isn’t a place to go as a destination ride. It starts at Celery Rd/Lake Mary Rd (SR 415) and terminates in Osteen where it runs into the East Central Regional Rail Trail (ECRRT). The trail is concrete and wide. It goes over the St Johns and loops under the bridge and rides along the northbound side for about 5 miles where it ends under the ECRRT.
There is no need to ride this trail as a stand alone ride. It crosses many business entrances with many dips creating whoop-de-doos more appropriate for a motocross course. As it parallels 415, there is very little beauty to take in as you ride, the exception being the view from the bridge over the St. John’s. But the half cloverleaf under the bridge to change sides of 415 is incredibly bumpy and the turns extremely sharp. This trail will be an important link when the trails in Sanford are finished to the Florida East Central Regional Trail
From the East Central Regional Rail Trail / ECG Corridor running south along the east side of 415, the trail starts out as a bumpy concrete wide sidewalk, running past Osteen Diner a short ways down, turning to smoother asphalt for the remainder of your journey. A few miles down is Beck Ranch Park. There you can get water, take a nature break, or just simply rest. A few miles after that, you will run into the St. John’s River where you will pass under 415, emerging on the west side of 415 to continue your journey south over the St. John’s to the current end of trail. You can take Celery Ave. into Sanford if you wish. Traffic is not too terrible. But soon there will be a connection with Sanford Trail tor trail completin
I took this as a diversion to the East Central Trail only a short ways. It was only a wide sidewalk right next to a very busy road with many intersections. Maybe this will one day be a good connector or maybe it gets better towards Sanford but for now it's not worth the effort. Hard to see how Florida can call sidewalks trails. I guess it's better than riding on a busy road with no shoulders.
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