East Central Regional Rail Trail - Cycling

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Summary

The East Central Regional Rail Trail is a 7.5 mile trail in Volusia County, Florida, which features easy access to other local trails as well as brings you past the Green Springs Park.

Written by

Chris Hamilton

Distance

15.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

31.6 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

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Intro

The East Central Regional Rail Trail is a 7.5 mile trail in Volusia County, Florida. It features easy access to other local trails as well as brings you past the Green Springs Park. With future extensions planned, the East Central Regional Rail Trail will become an even more vital part of the trail system in Volusia County. 

What Makes It Great

The East Central Regional Rail Trail is currently 7.5 miles and serves as an important connector trail to the Spring to Spring Trail in Debary, Florida. By connecting these two trails you are able to easily access many areas in Volusia County. The East Central Regional Rail Trail takes you through a variety of environments, from paved paths along the road to boardwalks lined with trees. The trail itself is paved and 12 feet wide. The path is well marked and easy to stay on. 

Eventually, the plan is to combine the East Central Regional Rail Trail with other trails to create the St. John’s River to the Sea Loop. This loop will end up being a 230 mile loop and will be one of the premier cycling routes in the state.

One of the main features of this ride is the Green Springs Park. The Green Springs Park is home to a green-hued, sulphur spring along the shore of Lake Monroe. The spring was once a 19th century health resort. After years of development, the site was opened as a park in 2008. You will pass the park about one fourth of the way through the trail in Deltona, Florida and it is well worth a stop. 

In addition to the spring itself, there is also a playground for kids and picnic areas. If you have a picnic basket that can be attached to your bike this would make a great place for a family lunch on the trail.

Due to the limited amount of trailheads along the East Central Regional Rail Trail, it is important to make sure you bring water with you and refill it at Green Springs Park. The trail alternates between shaded and exposed areas, so make sure you take precautions against the sun, especially during the summer months. 

Who is Going to Love It

Cyclists of all skill levels will enjoy this trail, as will runners, joggers, families, and dog owners. The trail is perfect for beginners, and kids will enjoy stopping at the Green Springs Park. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Currently, the only trailhead is located at Green Springs Park, but future trailheads are planned as the trail is expanded. Keep in mind that the east end of the trail will dead-end into a dirt path that will take you to SR 415. This is the section of the trail that will eventually be extended for the St. John’s River to the Sea Loop.

Location

East Central Regional Rail Trail

DeBary, FL,
28.872635, -81.286801

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