Map of the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

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General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

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General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

LENGTH:

29 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Mabel, Polk

HIGHLIGHTS:

rail trail, rural Florida, Green Swamp, long stretches of natural areas, wildlife

NEARBY TRAILS:

Tecco Auburndale Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Orlando
Regional Trails

The General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is a 29-mile long paved pathway that spans between the communities of Mabel and Polk City in Central Florida. The trail is located approximately 33 miles west of Orlando. The route of the trail is that of an abandoned railroad right-of-way and is very rural and goes through the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve area of Florida. The landscapes along the way include the river swamp, bottomland forest, pine flatwoods, former citrus lands and cattle ranches.  The route is very straight and there are very few road crossings.

Conditions

The General James A Van Fleet State Trail is paved the entire route. It is open for bike riding, walking and running. There are few road crossings or services along the route.

Nearby Trails

Tecco Auburndale Trail: The south end of the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail meets up with the 6-mile long paved Tecco Auburndale Trail in Polk City.

End Points

The north end of the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is located at SE 121st Avenue off of Florida State Highway 50, 4.75 miles west of Tuscanooga Road. There is a parking lot and restroom at this trailhead.

There is a trailhead with parking along South Bay Lake Road and another at Greenpond Road.

The south end of the trail is located to the north of Commonwealth Avenue and Berkley Road in Polk City. This is the point where it meets the Tecco Auburndale Trail which travels directly south for 6.75 miles. There is a parking area and restroom at this location. Access is off of Berkley Road.

Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the General James A Van Fleet State Trail in Central Florida.