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Cross Seminole Trail... Seminole County Biking Trail

The suburban Cross Seminole Trail runs through urban to suburban to semi-rural areas, and when completed (two gaps remain) will total 23 miles. The trail connects to the Cady Way Trail at the south, and at the north to both the Seminole-Wekiva Trail and Rinehart Trail (which in turn are part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail). Popular with bikers, runners, and walkers with many benches and rest areas along the trail. There also is an equestrian path with equestrian parking at Black Hammock Trailhead. The trailheads have restrooms, parking, and water. (Detailed map and photos below.)

Cross Seminole Trail, Orlando biking

Location: Seminole County (Goldenrod-Oviedo-Winter Springs-Lake Mary)
End Points: Oviedo, Winter Springs, Lake Mary
Mileage: 23 miles (2 gaps to be closed)
Surface: Asphalt, 12'
Trailheads/Parking: Lake Mary Trailhead, Greenwood Lakes Park, Big Tree Park, Soldiers Creek Park, Central Winds Park, Black Hammock Trailhead, Oviedo, Goldenrod Park (Cady Way Trail). (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Big Tree Park, Spring Hammock Preserve, Environmental Studies Center

Bike Shops / Rentals:

Adventure Cycling (Winter Springs)

David's World Cycle (Oviedo)

Out-Spoke'N Bike Shop (Lake Mary)

COMMENTS AND PHOTOS... Cross Seminole Trail

Best sections - Oviedo to "downtown" Winter Springs, and from Big Tree Park to Soldiers Creek Park at CR419. Across CR419, fat tire bikers will enjoy riding the dirt road through the Environmental Center to the long boardwalk at Lake Jessup (BIG cypress trees).  A portion of the trail is designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Built on the old Sanford and Indian River Railroad bed between Oviedo and Sanford; the Black Hammock Trailhead is on a spur that ran to Black Hammock.

Biking the Cross Seminole Trail... from south to north

Aloma Ave. to Red Bug/Mitchell Hammock Bridge

The Cross Seminole Trail starts at Aloma Avenue (rte 426) at Hall/Howell Branch Road, across from the end of the Cady Way Trail, This section runs close to the road and is one of the least shaded portions of this trail. It parallels Aloma Avenue and for a portion is next to the SR417 Expressway, passing industrial and residential areas. The bridge on Aloma at Red Bug Lake/Mitchell Hammock Roads crosses this very busy intersection but be careful of the business accesses at the bridge.

Red Bug/Mitchell Hammock Bridge to Oviedo

Continue over the bridge onto the sidewalk, cross Aloma and follow the trail paralleling Aulin Avenue to the end at Lawton Elementary in Oviedo. Here is one of the "missing links" connecting to the trail into Winter Springs. A short connector runs into Oviedo and eventually will link to the new Oviedo Town Center.

Oviedo to Black Hammock Trailhead

This starts one of the prettier sections along the Cross Seminole Trail, with only a few residential road crossings.After leaving some industrial areas in Oviedo, the trail passes through residential neighborhoods and under the 417 expressway on the way to the Black Hammock trailhead (parking, water, restrooms, benches, equestrian parking).

Black Hammock Trailhead to SR434 Bridge

Continuing through the Tuskawilla community in Winter Springs, the trail crosses the trestle over scenic Howell Creek, through more residential areas to the bridge over SR434.

SR434 Bridge to Central Winds Park (Winter Springs)

The trail continues on to Winter Springs Town Center, past Winter Springs High School, to Central Winds Park.

Central Winds Park to Layer Elementary

Central Winds Park has parking, restrooms, water, picnic, playground, playing fields, and includes a nature trail with views of Lake Jessup. After leaving the park, the trail passes the Winter Springs Hound Ground (dog park), and then emerges to SR434 - trees have been planted, eventually there should be more shade. The trail again goes off the road to another pretty portion over Gee Creek. Unfortunately, the trail ends at Layer Elementary School and one of its "missing links.

Layer Elementary to Soldiers Creek Park

From Layer Elementary, ride on CR419 for a short way to Wade Road, then on Old Sanford Oviedo Road until the trail resumes along a dirt path. Back on pavement, follow the power lines to arrive at Spring Hammock Preserve and the Seminole County Environmental Studies Center. Take time here to ride the dirt road, take the boardwalk to Lake Jessup, and visit the Environmental Studies Center. (Donate here to help keep this educational resource available to our children.)

Soldiers Creek Park to Big Tree Park

Cross CR419 to Soldiers Creek Park (restrooms, water, parking, playing fields, equestrian parking, 1.3 mile mountain bike trail). Continue past Soldiers Creek Park, across the overpass at US17-92, through a canopied forest section of the trail to Big Tree Park. Named for "The Senator," once the oldest pond cypress tree in the world and the largest tree by volume of any kind east of the Mississippi River - sadly, in January 2012 it was a victim of arson and collapsed.

Big Tree Park to The Crossings

Go past Big Tree Park to Ronald Reagan Blvd and cross onto Longwood-Lake Mary Road. Turn onto Greenway Blvd. past Lake Mary High School to Greenwood Lakes Park (parking, restrooms, playground, pavilion, volleyball, ball field, tennis, roller hockey rink). The trail goes through the park and behind the library before coming back onto Greenway Blvd.

The Crossings to Lake Mary Blvd. Bridge (Trailhead)

The trail turns off Greenway Blvd. at the Crossings and follows the power lines. Go through the tunnel under Greenwood Blvd. Exiting the Crossings, cross the road at Greenwood and Sun Drive and continue a short distance along the road to the overpass at Lake Mary Blvd. The Lake Mary Trailhead is here.

Lake Mary Trailhead to I-4 Bridge (trail end)

Under the Lake Mary Blvd. bridge is the Lake Mary trailhead (parking, restrooms, water). Here Greenwood Blvd. becomes Rinehart Road and a rather uninspiring section of the trail, basically a wide sidewalk with no shade that runs north to the I-4 bridge link to the Seminole-Wekiva Trail. Continuing along Rinehart Road is the Rinehart Trail which goes to Wayside Park near the St. John's River Bridge.

More information on the Cross Seminole Trail

- Seminole County Parks & Recreation - Cross Seminole Trail

Nearby Eats:

- General Public House (Winter Springs Town Center) - Locally owned, sourced. Ask for Dirk.

- Townhouse Restaurant (Oviedo) - A local icon since the 1950's.

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