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When finished, the Spring-to-Spring Trail will total about 26-miles. Currently, about 22 miles are complete, with two gaps remaining. Starting at Lake Monroe Park in DeBary, the trail runs northward through the Park, then splits into two legs: east to Green Springs Park in Deltona, and north to DeLeon Springs. Giving this diverse and scenic trail its name, many springs (and parks) include Lake Monroe Park, Gemini Springs Park, DeBary Hall Historic Site, Green Springs Park (along the east leg), and Rob Sullivan Park, Blue Springs State Park, Lake Beresford Park, DeLeon Springs State Park (along the north leg). (Detailed map and photos below.)
Spring to Spring Trail Map
Location: Volusia County
End Points: East leg: Lake Monroe Park to Gemini Springs Park to DeBary Hall to Green Springs Park. West leg: Rob Sullivan Park to Blue Spring State Park to Lake Beresford Park; Glenwood to DeLeon Springs. (2 gaps, at DeBary and at Deland.)
Mileage: 22 miles to date, 26 miles when done
Surface: Asphalt, 8-12'
Trailheads/Parking: Lake Monroe Park, Gemini Springs Park, DeBary Hall, Blue Spring Trailhead (Blue Springs Ave.), Lake Beresford Park, Barkely Dog Park (Glenwood), Chuck Lennon Park (DeLeon Springs). (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: DeBary Hall, Lake Monroe Park, Gemini Springs Park, Blue Spring State Park, Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, DeLeon Springs State Park
The trail starts at Lake Monroe Park, emerging at Dirksen Road it splits into two legs:
At Lake Monroe Park in DeBary is a link to the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail (C2C) - a shared-use lane (about a half mile) spans the St. Johns River bridge, connecting to the Cross Seminole Trail at Wayside Park in Sanford. At the end of the bridge, enter Lake Monroe Park and go through the parking lot to the trailhead (to the left, past the boat launches). Lake Monroe Park has parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, boardwalk, boat ramp, and fishing. (Updated: April 2019)
From the Spring-to-Spring Trail trailhead is an exceptionally scenic ride, meandering through diverse habitat that includes cypress swamp, oak/palm hammock, pine stand, and prairie to Gemini Springs Park (parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, fishing, canoe launch, hiking and horse trails). It emerges onto Dirksen Drive where it splits into two legs.
Passing Gemini Springs Park the trail runs east alongside Dirksen Drive, passing DeBary Hall Historic Site and continuing on to Deltona (a designated Florida Trail Town) and Green Springs Park where it meets the East Central Regional Rail Trail.
From Gemini Springs to Mansion Blvd. (connector to DeBary Hall), the trail follows Dirksen Drive, partly under shaded canopy with a wide buffer, so a pleasant ride. Approaching DeBary Hall, it emerges and runs alongside the road. At Mansion Blvd. turn off to DeBary Hall and the trailhead, or continue eastward to Green Spring Park.
This short diversion provides a glimpse of history. Cross Dirksen Dr. onto Mansion Blvd. and ride to the DeBary Hall Trailhead (parking, restrooms next to Hall). Stop at the Visitors Center to learn more about this historic site. (Updated: March 2018)
From the Mansion Blvd, Dirksen Drive intersection, the trail parallels Dirksen east and under I-4. Here, the road name becomes DeBary Ave. This section continues mostly parallel to the road. There's no shade and some cross-streets. (Updated: March 2018)
The roadway runs through a less commercial area, then turns away from the road at Jacob Brock Ave. At Providence Blvd. is a link to parking at Thornby Park, then the trail runs on a boardwalk parallel to Perimeter Drive before arriving at Green Springs Park. Past Green Springs Park, you are now on the East Central Regional Rail Trail - continuing as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.
From Gemini Springs Park the trail runs west on Dirksen Drive to US 17-92, where a gap exists to Rob Sullivan Park. The trail re-starts at Rob Sullivan Park and is continuous to Beresford Park. Another gap exists to Glenwood, where it re-starts and continues 6 miles to trail end.
From the point where the trail emerges from Lake Monroe Park, it runs west along Dirksen Drive to the intersection of US 17-92. A gap at this point is scheduled for construction in 2019-2020.
This section of trail starts at Rob Sullivan Park and runs along Highbanks Road and Donald Smith Blvd. behind DeBary Plantation (residential/country club community). (Updated: October 2018)
This section starts at Donald Smith Blvd. and DeBary Plantation Blvd. and runs with no road crossings through a conservation area, then along the railroad track to the trailhead at Blue Spring Ave. in Orange City. At the trailhead, a bridge crosses the track and continues to Blue Spring State Park running between the railroad track and the state park, with no road crossings (it includes a tunnel). This section includes some hills. (Updated: March 2019)
Blue Spring State Park has the largest spring on the St. Johns River and is a designated manatee refuge; parking, restrooms, picnic, camping, kayak/canoe launch, fishing, concession, scuba, hiking and more.
Past the underpass is a link to the State Park (turn left). Or, turn right to continue on the trail to Lake Beresford Park. It's an excellent recreational ride past forest, fields, and swamp, linking to the Beresford Trails Loop (see below). This segment parallels the railroad track with a few hills. The trail extends another half mile past Lake Beresford Park, then is a gap to Glenwood. (Updated: March 2019)
At Lake Beresford Park, a pretty loop around the trails area. The park includes parking, restrooms, playground, picnic pavilions, and nature hiking trails. (Updated: March 2019)
Resuming in Glenwood, the south section from W. Minnesota Ave. to King St. is a paved path next to the road, then continues on bike lanes to Lemon St. (Updated: March 2018)
The north section runs from Lemon St. to W. Baxter St. as a bike path. From Baxter Street, a street route leads to Chuck Lennon Park (parking, restrooms, picnic pavilion, playground, playing fields, mountain bike trails), and to the entrance of DeLeon Springs State Park. (Updated: March 2018)
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