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Seminole-Wekiva Trail... Seminole County Bike Trail

Built on bed of the former Orange Belt Railway, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail links Altamonte Springs, Longwood, and Lake Mary - past residential and semi-rural areas as well as shops and restaurants. This Central Florida biking trail links residential and commercial areas and is popular with the local residents for commuting as well as for recreation. Biking opportunities are extended via connections to the Cross Seminole Trail, Rinehart Trail, and as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. (Detailed map and photos below.)

Seminiole-Wekiva Trail, Orlando biking, Seminole County

Location: Seminole County (Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary)
End Points: Altamonte Springs to Lake Mary
Mileage: 17.5 miles (more, including connections to Cross Seminole and Rinehart Trails, and eventually as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail)
Surface: Asphalt, 13'
Trailheads/Parking: San Sebastian Trailhead, Seminole County Softball Complex, Jones Trailhead, Markham Trailhead. Park also at the Oakmonte shopping plaza in Lake Mary. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Seminole County Softball Complex

Bike Shops / Rentals:

David's World Cycle
(Altamonte Springs and Lake Mary)

Olde Towne Bicycles (Lake Mary)

No Limits Cycles (Longwood)

COMMENTS AND PHOTOS... Seminole-Wekiva Trail

Rated as a "Destination" trail, this long rail-trail that has grown better with age - bigger shade trees, underpasses at SR434 and Lake Mary Blvd., and ending with a 0.4 mile unpaved ride to the Wekiva River. Drawback: 2 big road crossings (Montgomery Rd. & CR46A). Though there are some un-shaded areas, this is a mostly shaded and comfortable trail with benches and rest stops located along its length.

Biking the Seminole-Wekiva Trail... from south to north

Bear Lake Road to Orange Ave.

A 2.5-mile trail extension in 2015, at Bear Lake at Maitland Blvd. to the south, meets a spur to the Orange Blossom Trail and fills a gap on the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail . At the north end of this section, a gap remains at Orange Avenue to the San Sebastian Trailhead at SR436 - follow the road or sidewalk to cross SR436 and ride to the trailhead. Running largely along roads and power lines, this is a mostly unshaded ride. (August 2015)


San Sebastian (SR 436) Trailhead to Montgomery Road

A wooded residential area, this is a surprisingly pretty stretch of the trail with a bridge over the Little Wekiva River. San Sebastian Trailhead has parking, picnic, water. Be very careful at the Montgomery Road crossing!


Montgomery Road to SR 434

This section is a pleasant, mostly shady ride passing Sanlando Park and the Seminole County Softball Complex (parking, restrooms, picnic pavilion, playing fields, playground).


SR 434 to Lake Mary Blvd.

Here the trail runs between Markham Woods Road and I-4, but is sufficiently off the road and tranquil through residential and semi-rural areas. Parking is available at the Jones Trailhead, which has parking, benches and water.


Lake Mary Blvd. to CR46A

Shopping and restaurants at the intersection of Lake Mary Blvd. and International Pkwy. create a pleasant stop-off point. The underpass crosses busy Lake Mary Blvd. to International Pkwy (mile marker 7.5) where the trail continues through the business park to Colonial Towne Park Center (shops and restaurants). The bridge over I-4 links to the Cross Seminole and Rinehart Road Trails. Note: almost no shade from Lake Mary Blvd north to CR46A.


CR46A to Markham Trailhead

Cross CR46A and then International Pkwy. and the trail follows the road a short distance before it turns west. The Sylvan Lake Junction Station here is a good stopping off point with benches and water. The trail parallels Markham Road but enough off the road to maintain a tranquil feeling, for an enjoyable ride. There are several rest stops and overlooks. At Lake Markham Rd. turn right to go to Sylvan Lake Park and the playing fields (trail is on the sidewalk). Continue on the trail to the  Markham Trailhead (parking, restrooms) at the mile 13 marker. This section of the trail is also an equestrian path.


Markham Trailhead to Wekiva River

Continuing along the trail to the intersection of Markham Road and Longwood-Markham Rd., cross the road and around the barrier for a treat and great way to end the ride on this first-class trail - a 0.4 mile unpaved ride to the Wekiva River. Walk down a short trail to view the river, several hiking trails also wind through this area.


Trail Art

North of E.E Williamson Road (mile markers 4-4.5), stop and view the fence art - paintings (numbering 500 according to an Orlando Sentinel article in May 2014) of celebrities and historical figures, as well as memorials - a snapshot of history/pop history. Done by Jeff Sonksen, a self-trained artist and carpenter by trade, the fences have extended since starting outside his parents' home along the trail. Warning: if you read all the quotes, you'll be there awhile! Paint the Trail Facebook page

More information on the Seminole-Wekiva Trail

- Seminole County Parks & Recreation - Seminole-Wekiva Trail

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