Exciting Florida Coast to Coast Trail Development
Here in Central Florida, we have the West Orange Trail which is not just a great outdoor recreation attraction but also a significant part of the local economy.
The Florida Coast to Coast Trail development is planned to be a paved continual multipurpose trail across the state, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean which when completed will cover about 250 miles. As of the beginning of 2020, the trail was about 80 percent completed. The trail will connect communities between St. Petersburg and Titusville, enabling residents and visitors to explore Central Florida on foot or bicycle.
The South Lake trail in Clermont and the intersecting Hancock trail are also known as the South Lake Trail System which provides a link in the Florida Coast to Coast Trail. Characterize by exceptionally scenic views along the lakes, rolling hills, and open vistas, making it very popular with road bikers and cyclists alike. The trail connects with the West Orange Trail to create 36 miles of continuous Central Florida biking through Lake and Orange Counties. Clermont, at the midpoint of the Coast to Coast Trail, is a designated Florida Trail Town.
Running between Clermont and Groveland as part of closing gaps on the Coast2Coast Trail development, a 3.5-mile trail extension was open a few years ago. This extension along CR561 and 565A incorporates two bridges and Lake Hiawatha Preserve Trailhead, with parking, restrooms, picnic areas, and a pier. The trail continues to West Lake Minneola Trailhead, and into Clermont Waterfront Park. The central part, called the Minneola Scenic Trail, runs through Clermont along Lake Minneola through Clermont Waterfront Park. From Waterfront Park to Minneola you can enjoy a shaded ride with streetlights and the underpass at US 27. The trail runs next to Old Highway 50, which in this section includes the highest elevations of any rail-trail in the state. The trail connects to the Hancock Trail before crossing N. Hancock Rd. From N. Hancock Rd to CR 455 the trail flattens, aligning itself to Old Highway 50. From here there is a 1.5-mile section west of Killarney Station that connects to the West Orange Trail.
It is expected that this development will bring countless benefits to Central Florida’s economy, tourism, recreation, and quality of life. Connecting neighborhoods, businesses, parks, trails promoting an active lifestyle, and local economic growth. An exciting opportunity for our communities.