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The SR 415 Trail runs 5 miles parallel to the State Road in Volusia County, from the East Central Regional Rail Trail (ECRRT) in Osteen, to just over the St. Johns River in Seminole County. Eventually it will link to Sanford Riverwalk and be part of a future Lake Monroe Loop Trail. A dedicated multi-use trail, it was built as part of the widening of State Road 415 and new bridge over the St. Johns - a good model for future road projects. Though not a "destination" trail, we enjoyed it for some interesting features: a link to the ECRRT and Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail), Beck Ranch Park, and panoramic views of the St. Johns River from the bridge. (Detailed map and photos below.)
SR 415 Trail Map
Location: Volusia and Seminole Counties
End Points: St. Johns River (Celery Ave.) to East Central Regional Rail Trail (Osteen-Maytown Rd.)
Mileage: 5 miles
Surface: Paved, 12 feet
Trailheads/Parking: Along State Road 415 in Osteen at East Central Regional Rail-Trail trailhead, or at Beck Ranch Park (See map)
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A good connector trail. Once outside of town, it's enough away from the roadway to be a pleasant ride. The separate bike lane on the St. Johns River Bridge is a nice feature. The concrete divider separating the trail from the road is a feature we'd like to see on more bridge/bike trails. Beck Ranch Park is a hidden gem. Historic note: the route is along a portion of the Lawton Chiles Trail, commemorating the 1,000 mile campaign walk taken in 1970 by Florida Senator and later Governor Lawton Chiles.
In Osteen, watch for road crossings and driveways along the trail. Connects to East Central Regional Rail Trail (part the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail) at Osteen bridge. Beck Ranch serves as a trailhead (more below), 2.3 miles from the Coast-to-Coast Trail at Osteen.
The trail runs under SR 415 and then goes over the St. Johns River Bridge. Eventual link to Sanford and Seminole County trails.
Originally part of a working cattle ranch, the property was bought by Volusia County and a 250-acre community park developed. Parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, volleyball, playing fields, dog park; includes historical markers and some original buildings.
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