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The Sanford Riverwalk follows the shoreline of Lake Monroe in Sanford, FL, north of Orlando. The Riverwalk extends west from N Mellonville Avenue to just east of Lake Monroe Wayside Park (4150 Hwy 17), where it connects seamlessly with the Cross Seminole Trail and the Spring to Spring Trail. One of the most scenic paved trails in the county, the trail features views of Lake Monroe and provides access to historic downtown Sanford.
The Sanford Riverwalk connects Lake Monroe with Wayside Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Fort Mellon Park, Sanford City Hall, Seminole County Courthouse, Sanford Museum, a public boat ramp, Rivership Romance and the restaurants and shops of downtown Sanford.
Now 4.5 miles long, the newest segment extended the trail past Central Florida Hospital and along the Lake Monroe Shoreline towards Lake Monroe Wayside Park (4150 Hwy 17, Sanford). Passing under the highway, the route continues via a seamless connection with the Cross Seminole Trail, a link in Florida's Coast-to-Coast Trail. Following the Cross Seminole Trail north for about half-a-mile will take you past Wayside Park and across the river to Lake Monroe Park (975 S Charles Richard Beall Blvd, DeBary).
Lake Monroe Park is a popular starting/ending point for those looking to explore the Sanford Riverwalk and also serves as a southern trailhead for the Spring to Spring Trail, which heads north for 25 more miles of adventure. Alternatively, turn south on the Cross Seminole Trail by the intersection of Monroe Road and West Seminole Boulevard. Instead of continuing north across the river, head south for almost 23 miles through Seminole County.
The City of Sanford's Community Redevelopment Agency provides a free downtown trolley service and a limited free shuttle service. Visit the City of Sanford’s website for more information. Additionally, Central Florida's regional transportation system (LYNX) serves the trail. Visit the LYNX website to plan your trip and the TrailLink map to find the most convenient transit stop for your adventure.
For those driving, parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.
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