Seminole County has a number of great outdoor locations. One of the best places for cyclists and road runners is the Seminole Wekiva Trail. This trail is 14 miles in length and connects Altamonte Springs with the Wekiva River. The trail is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and after one trip here you’ll understand why.
What Makes It Great
The Seminole Wekiva Trail is 14 miles of smooth, paved trail. The trail takes you north through Seminole County and connects a variety of different parks and urban areas. Places like the softball complex in Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary Blvd, the Shoppes at Oakmonte and the Wekiva River can all be accessed from the trail. The Shoppes at Oakmonte offer a variety of restaurants to stop at along your ride and there are plenty of bike racks for you to use.
Most of the trail includes long stretches of tree-lined, shaded trails. The trail is wide and allows for multiple people to ride and run without blocking the way. With 3 trailheads along the trail you can tailor your route to get to whatever length you wish.
One of the best features of this trail si the road underpasses. Most urban trails involve crossing precarious intersections or a tall bridge that you have to struggle over. With the Seminole Wekiva Trail you are able to use an underpass to cross State Road 434 and Lake Mary Blvd. For riders on the trail at night you are able to use the sidewalk to bypass the underpass.
The Seminole Wekiva Trail also connects to the Cross Seminole Trail at the I4 bridge. In order to get onto this trail go east onto the bridge and continue south on Rinehart Road.
Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out onto your ride. Luckily this trail is one of the most shaded in Central Florida. Due to that you will stay relatively cool even during the summer. Even with the shade remember to bring water with you and keep an eye on possible rain showers.
Who is Going to Love It
Cyclists and runners of all skill levels will enjoy the Seminole Wekiva Trail. The climbs and descents are gradual enough that anyone can handle them. Families, dog owners, tourists, and locals will all love it as well.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
In order to start at the beginning of the trail you will need to park at the San Sebastian Trailhead and head north. You will continue on the trail until just before the Wekiva River. To make it to the river you will need to bike on an unpaved path for .4 miles. If you are on a road bike you’ll want to get off and walk your bike the rest of the way.
Trailheads with restrooms and water fountains are available along the trail. Be sure to consult the trail map and trail signs in order to plan your ride.