West Volusia County offers miles upon miles of paved multi-use trails through some beautiful countryside. I recently rode from Beck Ranch Park up to the East Central Regional Rail Trail in Osteen, then rode west to Green Springs Park, where I picked up the Spring to Spring Trail and followed it to Lake Monroe Park in DeBary. I clocked just over 30 miles for the out and back ride. A couple of days later my oldest son made a loop out of it by riding around the Sanford side of Lake Monroe and clocked 26.5 miles.
My favorite section was the Spring to Spring Trail from Gemini Springs Park to Lake Monroe Park. This stretch is curvy enough to keep it interesting and it’s largely enshrouded in thick Florida forest. Downside: It’s also the busiest section. The second best stretch is the Central Florida Rail Trail between Green Springs Park and State Road 415 in Osteen. Nearly straight as a laser, but mildly hilly with generous shade, this feels like a ride out in the country.
Beck Ranch Park is a nice county park, but the ride alongside busy S.R. 415 up to the ECR Rail Trail in Osteen was one of my least favorite sections. The only other less than scenic section runs along DeBary Avenue and Dirksen Drive between Green Springs Park and Gemini Springs Park. In case you hadn’t noticed, there are several very nice parks along this route, all with bathrooms. Benches and even picnic tables are placed in strategic locations along the trails, as well.
Eventually the East Central Rail Trail will run east to the coast and connect with other trails running both north and south. The Spring to Spring Trail will run all the way up past Blue Spring State Park to De Leon Springs State Park. Both should provide excellent cycling opportunities for all levels of riders. Even these are part of a larger plan, the huge St. Johns River to Sea Loop.
The short video below will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. The map below the video shows the route information. Below the map is a list of trailhead parking locations. Still want more? Find much more at Where to Go and our own Bucket List. Now get out there and enjoy Florida’s Natural Wonders.
Beck Ranch Park: 751 S. State Road 415, Osteen
East Central Rail Trail: Parking: 198 New Smyrna Blvd., Osteen
Green Springs Park: 994 Enterprise/Osteen Road, Enterprise
Thornby Park: 110 Providence Blvd, Deltona, FL 32725
Lake Monroe Park: 975 U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary
Gemini Springs Park: 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary