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Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail

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Relaxing rural experience

We parked at the Polk City trailhead and rode north about 22 miles. It was really a wonderful... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
Fremont, California
Hiking/walking on the trail

We have walked the entire trail and found the best part to walk is between Bay Lake trailhead and... read more

Reviewed December 4, 2018
Yali L
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

We parked at the Polk City trailhead and rode north about 22 miles. It was really a wonderful biking experience. The trail surface is very smooth, and the trail is tree-lined and beautiful. There are restrooms about every 10 miles. Be sure to take food...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rlbierb
Reviewed December 4, 2018 via mobile

We have walked the entire trail and found the best part to walk is between Bay Lake trailhead and Green Pond trail head. Very scenic with wild life. In between there is 10 miles.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Yali L
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

We got on at Mabel station. Parking tip there are two entrances off of Sr 50. Use the more western entrance. The other one has pot holes the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. We rode 20 miles total. Yes it is straight but also very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kevin R
Reviewed August 4, 2018

Flat, safe, cannot get lost but you are in middle of the Green Swamp and all the wildlife that contains, especially Alligators. Really peaceful and beautiful. But very hot so take water, sun screen, hats etc

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Treflesg
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Nice path..lots of animals along the way. Kids had lots of fun! The grown-ups enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. Definitely a go to spot.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jodi Watson K
Reviewed June 19, 2018

great Park Ranger and volunteers keep this trail beautiful and clean. I've ridden the whole thing, and have loved every minute of it. Lots of wildlife in the morning and dusk. I've seen deer, turkey, hawks, otters, alligators, bunny's and more.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Bec D
Reviewed January 24, 2018 via mobile

We walked for 3 miles from the start of the trail and then made our way back. There is a block of toilets not far from the start but then we didn’t see any others. It’s a long flat, straight trail with not much to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank 730kayr
Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

We enjoy this trail each year. It is paved and long. There are alligators, turtles and birds. Take your time and stop at the bridges you are sure to see something.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank E828NAdaniels
Reviewed October 9, 2017

We spent 10 days in Orlando on vacation and wanted to bike every day so we made a special trip out to this this trail on October 6th. We started in Auburndale as that was the start of the trail on the south end. Unfortunately,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Frank-in-MI
Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

We've done this trail before and as usual we see trail maintenance people doing their job. If you complete the entire ride you cover 3 counties.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank jeffk29
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February 9, 2019|
Response from Kevin R | Reviewed this property |
We used Mabel Staton of Sr 50. Only vehicle there and we had no problems. Enjoy the ride!
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Response from GaryandDenise2013 | Reviewed this property |
I should have added that the full, complete name of the trail is the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail. Knowing this will help you search for it online and read the information about it. Also search for just his name... More