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The East Central Regional Rail Trail (ECRRT) runs along an abandoned Florida East Coast Railway corridor acquired in 2007. 50.5 miles are planned. 47 miles are now complete. One 3.5 mile gap remains. Here, we focus on the western-most section of the trail, 8.5 miles from Enterprise through Osteen to the trail gap at Guise Road. This section is within our '30 mile radius' of Downtown Orlando. For details on the entire trail, visit us at 100floridaTrails.com . The ECRRT is a key component in the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail . (Map, photos below)
East Central Regional Rail-Trail Map
(with connector trails)
Location: Volusia and Brevard Counties, Florida
End Points: Green Springs Park in Enterprise to Guise Road in Osteen; from Gobblers Lodge Road to Maytown; from Maytown north to Edgewater; from Maytown south to Titusville
Mileage: 50.5 miles planned, 47 miles complete. (Mileage is approximate)
Surface: Asphalt, 12'
Trailheads/Parking: Volusia County: Thornby Park, Green Springs Park (Enterprise); SR415 bridge, Gobblers Lodge Road (Osteen); Maytown Spur Road (Maytown); SR 442 bridge, Rotary Park (Edgewater). Brevard County: I-95 underpass at Mims, Titusville Visitor Center. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: DeBary Hall, Gemini Springs Park
Green Springs Park serves as a trailhead and connector to the Spring-to-Spring Trail. One of a few green sulphur springs remaining, Green Springs was once popular as a health spa and is now a county park, with parking, water, picnic, playground. Enter the park from Enterprise-Osteen Road, then to access the ECRRT follow the path around the parking lot and past the restrooms (follow the sign pointing toward the Spring Overlook). The path meets the trail at the point where the Spring-to-Spring Trail ends, and ECRRT begins.
From the Green Springs trailhead, the East Central Regional Rail Trail runs mostly away from roads, with shaded sections and boardwalks over wetlands. Benches are spaced regularly. There are some crossroads (some can be busy) and driveways (where traffic is light if any). Do be careful as at the crossroads cars have the right-of-way, while at the driveways trail riders are given the right-of-way. The area still retains a rural feel. Being close to the I-4 corridor, this is the most popular section of the ECRRT for families and recreational bikers.
From the trailhead at (under) the SR 415 bridge, the trail extends 3 miles east to Guise Road, where begins the last remaining gap in the trail, 3.5 miles to the trailhead at Gobblers Lodge Road. (March 2020 update: the right of way has been mowed and surveyed from Guise Road to Gobblers Lodge, construction underway).
Also from the Osteen trailhead, a separate multi-use paved trail (SR 415 Trail / Beck Ranch Pathway) parallels SR 415 south and (safely) across the St. Johns River into Seminole County (good river views). This eventually will link to the Sanford Riverwalk, and be part of a future Lake Monroe Loop.
View our complete report on the entire 50.5 miles at www.100FloridaTrails.com (see 100+Trail photos). Other than near the endpoints in the towns of Edgewater and Titusville, the remainder of the ECRRT is very remote and popular with road bikers. Here, there are 5-6 mile paved sections with open fields of view and almost no crossings, just what riders need for top speed. Tip: bring extra water.
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