Type: Backcountry, Rail Trail
Length: 29.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Rt. 33 in Polk City, FL to Rt. 50 in Mabel, FL
Counties: Polk, Lane, Sumter
Latitude: 28.57735 Longitude: -81.97613
The Polk City Trailhead is just north of I-4 east of Tampa and the northern terminus is near Clermont just south of the Florida Turnpike.
The Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail (VFST) is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails, and is one of Florida's most rural rail trails. The VST passes through the Green Swamp “Area of Critical State Concern”, a 322,690 acre wetland area which contains the headwaters for some of Florida's most paddled waterways: the Withlacoochee (South), Hillsborough, and Peace Rivers. Landscapes include the natural environments associated with the Green Swamp, former citrus lands and cattle ranches. With only one curve in its 29.2 miles, you can choose to go slow and view the wildlife or enjoy it at a brisk pace. The trail has excellent wildlife viewing opportunities between Green Pond Road and Bay Lake Road. (designated 2000)
Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2000
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Van Fleet Trail website
Website: Florida State - trail information
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Manager, General James A. Van Fleet
Dept. of Environmental Protection
PO Box 713
Polk City , FL 33868
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