One of the perks of visiting Florida is you may go bike riding year-round. It's best to go early in the morning or late evening during the summer months so it's not so hot.
DeLand / Volusia County is a great location for riding and there are some nice paved trails available.
Below are some paved trails to bike in Volusia County.
Green Springs is located in Enterprise, near Deltona. It offers nature trails and scenic overlooks. This park is also a trailhead to both the Spring-to-Spring Trail and the East Central Regional Rail Trail. The East Central Regional Rail Trail begins at Green Springs and travels 5.7 miles to State Road 415 in Osteen. More segments of this trail are in the works. You may also pick up this trail at Gemini Springs.
Lake Beresford Park. Located in DeLand, this park offers a great bike trail that leads all the way to Blue Spring State Park. The two nature trails in the northern portion of the park are open for those who prefer a more natural hiking experience. There are plenty of paved parking spaces.
New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail. This two-mile paved trail will eventually become part of a 13-mile trail. It makes for a nice bike path, with only a few breaks where vehicles pass on residential streets.
East Central Regional Rail Trail - At 50.5 miles, the East Central Regional Rail Trail ("ECRRT") represents the longest rail corridor (see this link for details) purchase in the State of Florida. 47-miles are now complete. Traversing southern Volusia County and northern Brevard County, the rail-trail corridor ranges from 35 to 200 feet wide and totals 668 acres.
Gemini Springs Park to Lake Monroe Park (or reverse) - This trail is 5 miles round trip, offering a beautiful paved nature trail that is great for biking, walking, and running. You can also make it longer, by going beyond Gemini Springs.Lehigh Greenway Rail Trail - This is located in Flagler County, but it's not a long drive and it's a beautiful trail!
Each of these trails are free to use, so you won't have to worry about any type of park entrance fees. There are also some great unpaved areas to go bike riding, such as the beach and some hiking trails that are also open to bikers. Volusia County is doing wonderful things by adding to quality of life in the area by increasing the paved trail system. Once the spring-t0-spring trail is complete, for example, it will provide a 26-mile stretch of paved trail. But if you want to get the kids out on a bike trail and help keep it an easier ride for them, you may want to hit these ones up first. Be sure to take some water and follow necessary safety precautions, too!A list of places to rent bikes would be great too.
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