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General James Van Fleet

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The Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. This rail-trail is one of Florida’s most rural. It runs through the Green Swamp, the headwaters for some of Florida’s most canoed rivers, the Withlacoochee (South), Hillsborough, and Peace. 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.


Major Activities
Hiking Walking Biking Mountain BikingInline Skating
Equestrian Wheelchair

Trail Length/Surface:29.2 miles, paved

Fee: None

County: Lake, Polk, Sumter

Nearby Towns: Clermont, Polk City, Lakeland

Some areas of the trail are quite remote and isolated. Be sure to bring plenty of water.

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Mabel Trailhead
From Clermont, take SR 50 west to the trailhead approximately 5 miles past the intersection with CR 565/Bay Lake Road. 

Bay Lake Trailhead 
From Clermont, take SR 50 west to CR 565/Bay Lake Road. Turn left (heading south) and follow the road until you reach the trailhead on the left at the intersection with the trail.

Green Pond Road Trailhead 
From Clermont, take SR 50 west to SR 33. Turn left (heading south) and follow SR 33 until you reach Green Pond Road. Take a right (heading west) and continue until you reach the trailhead. 

From Lakeland, take Interstate 4 East to Exit 20 (new Exit 38) for SR 33. Follow SR 33 through Polk City and north to the intersection with Green Pond Rd. Turn left (heading west) and continue until you reach the trailhead. 

Polk City Trailhead
From Lakeland, take Interstate 4 East to Exit 20 (new Exit 38) for SR 33. Follow SR 33 into Polk City and look for trailhead at intersection with CR 665.

Contact Information: 
General James A. Van Fleet State Trail
P.O Box 41
Mascotte, Florida 34753
(352) 516-7384

Editors Note: This is information is from the "Florida Department Environmental Protection" a full oTown Cycling review is coming soon...

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