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General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

The General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails and is one of Florida's most rural, paved rail-trails. Landscapes include the natural environments associated with the Green Swamp, former citrus lands and cattle ranches. With only one or two curves in its 29.2 miles, you can choose to go slow and view the wildlife or enjoy it at a brisk pace. An equestrian trail parallels the length of the paved path.

photo: Cyclists take the bridge along this very straight trail.

Length: 29.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Rail Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding

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Location: Rt. 33 in Polk City, FL to Rt. 50 in Mabel, FL
State(s): Florida
Counties: Polk, Lane, Sumter
Longitude: -81.97613
Latitude: 28.57735

Driving Directions

The Polk City Trailhead is just north of I-4 east of Tampa and the northern terminus is near Clermont just south of the Florida Turnpike.

Description

The Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails, and is one of Florida's most rural rail trails. The trail passes through the Green Swamp “Area of Critical State Concern”, a 322,690 acre wetland area which contains the headwaters for some of Florida's most paddled waterways: the Withlacoochee (South), Hillsborough, and Peace Rivers. Landscapes include the natural environments associated with the Green Swamp, former citrus lands and cattle ranches. With only one curve in its 29.2 miles, you can choose to go slow and view the wildlife or enjoy it at a brisk pace. The trail has excellent wildlife viewing opportunities between Green Pond Road and Bay Lake Road.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2000

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Florida State Parks Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Scott Spaulding
Manager, General James A. Van Fleet
Dept. of Environmental Protection
PO Box 713
Polk City , FL 33868
(352) 394-3969
Scott.Spaulding@dep.state.fl.us

 

Photos

No swimming! Photo by Steve Muller.

No swimming! Photo by Steve Muller.

 Photo by Steve Muller.

Photo by Steve Muller.

 

General James A. Van Fleet trail - photo was taken near the northernmost end of the trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

General James A. Van Fleet trail - photo was taken near the northernmost end of the trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

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