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East Central Regional Rail Trail - This trail is listed in our Central Florida section where it originates, but the eastern end of the trail includes portions in Edgewater and Titusville.

More details, map and photos at BikeOrlando.net

Florida bike trails, East Central Regional Rail Trail

Flagler County Trail - The trail runs along A1A in Flagler County from the northern county line at Marineland through Palm Coast to the southern county line at Flagler Beach. From Marineland south the trail runs more inland; from Beverly Beach south it runs along the beach - while there are views of the Atlantic Ocean and beaches, it does not run directly on the beach and portions are across A1A from beachside. It's more of a wide sidewalk (a narrow one in parts) than true bike trail; a few segments go off the road but mostly roadside. (Reported: March 2016)

End Points: Marineland to Flagler Beach
Mileage: 19 miles
Surface: Concrete, 10'
Location: Flagler County (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Marineland, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Washington Oaks State Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
PC Bikes (Palm Coast)
Trailhead Bikes (Palm Coast)

More Information:
Flagler County Chamber - Trails Guide


Historic Jungle Trail - The Historic Jungle Trail is an 8-mile sandy road on Orchid Island - a barrier island along the Indian River north of Vero Beach. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it was originally built in the 1920's so citrus growers could move their produce. At the north, the trail starts off A1A at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and to the south it ends on A1A at Old Winter Beach Road.

The well maintained road through coastal hammock is open to cars, but lightly used with few cross-streets or driveways. The hard-packed sand is fine for fat-tire biking, with just a few soft spots. (Reported: March 2017)

End Points: A1A in Vero Beach (at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and at Old Winter Beach Rd.)
Mileage: 8 miles
Surface: Hard-packed sand (a few softer spots)
Location: Indian River County (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Captain Forster Hammock Preserve, Jones Pier Conservation Area

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Orchid Isand Bikes and Kayaks (rentals, sales, service)
Alan's Bicycle Center (sales, service)

More Information:
Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway - Historic Jungle Trail

 

  • The northern portion starts at the Wildlife Refuge, with parking and restrooms. Although the road runs along the Indian River, the view is mostly blocked by vegetation. This is a more remote section, with few homes. Between the Wildlife Refuge orientation center and the viewing area (Centennial Trail, observation tower) may be more cars, but a worthwhile stop off the road.
  • In the middle portion starting at Savannah Drive (not a cross street), the trail winds around a golf course past homes and gated communities.
  • The southern end from Wabasso Beach Road runs along the Indian River with the best views of the water, also passing homes. Captain Forster Hammock Preserve in this section is a good spot to stop or use as a southern trailhead with parking and restrooms available. Jones Pier is another historic stop in this section, an old landing point for visitors and citrus.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge was America’s first wildlife refuge, created in 1903 by order of President Theodore Roosevelt. In the 1800’s, birds were slaughtered for their feathers, the refuge along with laws prohibiting plume hunting were established through efforts of the Audubon Society.


Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - a Florida eco-biking destination. We rate this is a top eco-biking destination due to its unique character and beauty. Established in 1963 as part of the development of Canaveral (John F. Kennedy) Space Center, the refuge consists of 140,000 acres including coastal dunes, marshes, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks that provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals. The dike roads are unpaved and may be shared with cars, but great for wildlife viewing and bird watching.

More details, map and photos here

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

New Smyrna Beach - A favorite among many Orlando area residents - a great town for biking and beach biking (at low tide). (Latest update: Sept. 2015)

End Points: New Smyrna Beach, access via vehicle ramps and pedestrian walkways
Mileage: Various, about 4 miles on Saxon Dr.
Surface: Hard-packed sand at low tide; Saxon Dr. trail is paved; unpaved through the woods riverside
Location: Volusia County (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Canaveral National Seashore, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Embry-Riddle University, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Beach Bike & Kayak

More Information (open in a new window):
Volusia County - Parks and Trails

 

On the beach (low tide) - The beach is open to motor vehicle traffic so be careful of the cars, and also for pedestrians and children darting in and out. South of the 27th St. ramp the beach is closed to traffic, but the sand also gets softer. "Old" New Smyrna Beach (around Flagler Ave.) is all bikeable but watch out for cars.


Saxon Drive and Indian River

  • A 4-mile paved bike path runs along Saxon Drive between A1A and 3rd St. (SR44), on one side is a tidal marsh with a parallel unpaved trail ("Rohola Trail") with several side-trails out to the Indian River.
  • At Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park off Sandpiper St. is a paved loop and an unpaved trail to a floating dock at Brown's Bay.

Multi-use Trail and Riverside Drive

  • The New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail runs 2 miles from Sugar Mill Drive to West Pine Street at the edge of the downtown area, and eventually to extend from I-95 to downtown and link to the planned Cross Volusia Trail.
  • A bike path runs along the Indian River on Riverside Drive from New Smyrna Beach south through Edgewater

Ormond Scenic Loop - Although not our preferred off-road trail biking, we include the 30+ mile Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail due to its proximity to several state, county and city parks, historic sites, and beaches. This is actually a double loop that follows mostly lightly traveled roads, with varied scenery from ocean, to marsh, to oak canopy, along creeks and waterways - but also homes and businesses. Starting along A1A at the Flagler County line (where it links to the Flagler County Trail), the trail continues down A1A to route 40 in Ormond Beach, then either of the two loops will turn north back to start. Along A1A, note that much as in Flagler County, the trail is not on the beach but rather across the road from the beach. (Reported: Dec. 2016)

Surface: Paved, on-road with portions off
Location: Volusia County (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Tomoka State Park, Bulow Creek State Park, North Peninsula State Park, The Casements

Bike Shops/Rentals:
David's World Cycle (Ormond Beach)

More Information (opens in a new window):
Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

 

Ormond Scenic Loop near Tomoka State Park - Past Tomoka State Park is a section of paved off-road trail about a mile long called the Woodman Woods Trail. Leaving the park and heading toward SR40, the route goes through the woods (parallel to Beach St.), a scenic ride. The Woodman Woods Trail ends at Inglesa Ave. and Scenic Loop continues along Beach Street to SR 40.


Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area - a Florida eco-biking destination. The area is located along the St. Johns River in Christmas (east of Orlando). About 22 miles of mostly hard-packed roads within the WMA are bikeable for fat-tire bikes. Mostly sunny, some shade; better as a cool weather ride.

More details, map and photos here

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

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