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Cross Seminole Trail...

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The suburban Cross Seminole Trail runs through urban to suburban to semi-rural areas, and when completed (one gap remains) will total 28 miles from the Orange County line to Lake Monroe Wayside Park in Sanford. The trail connects to the Cady Way Trail at the south end, and to the Seminole Wekiva Trail (via a connector over I-4) in Lake Mary. From the I-4 bridge to Lake Monroe Wayside Park, the trail comprises part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. The Cross Seminole Trail is popular with bikers, runners, and walkers, with benches and other amenities along the trail. There also is an equestrian path with equestrian parking at Black Hammock Trailhead. The trailheads have restrooms, parking, and water. (Trail map and photos below.)

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Location: Seminole County (Oviedo-Winter Springs- Longwood-Lake Mary-Sanford)
End Points: Aloma Ave. at Howell Branch Road to Layer Elementary School (Winter Springs); gap; Soldiers Creek Park to Lake Monroe Wayside Park
Mileage: 28 miles (1 gap to be closed)
Surface: Asphalt, 12' (some sections on narrower sidewalks)
Trailheads/Parking: Oviedo Aquatic Center, Black Hammock Trailhead, Central Winds Park, Soldiers Creek Park, Big Tree Park, Greenwood Lakes Park, Lake Mary Trailhead, Lake Monroe Wayside Park See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Big Tree Park, Spring Hammock Preserve, Seminole County Environmental Studies Center, Lake Monroe Wayside Park, Central Florida Zoo

Bike Shops / Rentals:

Adventure Cycling (Winter Springs)

David's World Cycle (Oviedo)

Cross Seminole Trail... Comments and Photos

Suggestions on Best Sections to Ride... Oviedo to "downtown" Winter Springs, and from Soldiers Creek Park at CR419 to Big Tree Park. Across CR419, fat tire bikers will enjoy riding the dirt road through the Environmental Center to the long boardwalk at Lake Jesup (BIG cypress trees). A portion of the trail is designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail.


Biking the Cross Seminole Trail... from South to North

 

Howell Branch Road to Red Bug Lake Road Bridge - 5 miles

The Cross Seminole Trail starts along Aloma Avenue (SR426) at Howell Branch Road, across from the end of the Cady Way Trail. Initially it runs roadside along Aloma, one of the least shaded portions of this trail. It then turns off the road, passing industrial and residential areas and for a portion is next to the SR417 Expressway before re-emerging to the roadway. The bridge along Aloma at Red Bug Lake Road is a bonus, crossing a very busy intersection - be careful when crossing the business drives approaching the bridge.


Red Bug Lake Road Bridge to SR 434 (Oviedo) - 1.6 miles

Continue over the bridge onto the sidewalk, then along Aloma to Oviedo Mall Blvd. (about 500 feet). Cross Aloma at the traffic light and follow the trail to S. Central Ave. (SR 434). This section of the trail passes commercial and residential areas with several road crossings. At South Central Avenue are two options (see below). (Updated: March 2019)


Two Options Through Oviedo

From S. Central Avenue (SR434) are 2 options, both running on wide sidewalks. They converge along the main trail to Winter Springs. Option 1 is the "official" trail (on an extra-wide sidewalk) and includes crossing several busy roads with 3 traffic lights. Option 2 is shorter and involves only one traffic light. (Updated: March 2019)

 

Trail Through Oviedo - Option 1 - 1 mile

The trail crosses S. Central Avenue (SR434 - traffic light) to Oviedo Blvd. Turn right to the Oviedo Aquatic Center Trailhead. Turn left to continue on the trail, crossing E. Broadway St. (CR419 - traffic light), it meanders along the wide sidewalk to a roundabout, cross Geneva Drive at the second left. Proceed along E. Franklin St. back to N. Central Avenue (SR434), where the trail again crosses (traffic light) and links to the paved trail continuing to Winter Springs - converging here with Option 2.


Trail Through Oviedo - Option 2 - 0.5 mile

At S. Central Avenue, turn left and ride along the sidewalk, past 2 minor road crossings, to W. Broadway St. (SR426). Cross at the light, and continue on N. Central Ave. a short distance to the trail entrance (past the church and before the Quick Stop, (about 250 feet). This is the paved trail toward Winter Springs, it meets Option 1 about a quarter mile along the trail.


Oviedo to SR434 Bridge (Winter Springs) - 4.5 miles

This starts one of the prettier sections along the trail, with only a few residential road crossings. The trail passes through residential neighborhoods and under SR417 on the way to the Black Hammock trailhead (parking, water, restrooms, benches, equestrian parking) (built on the old Sanford and Indian River Railroad bed between Oviedo and Sanford; the Black Hammock Trailhead is on a spur that ran to Black Hammock on Lake Jesup). The trail continues through the Tuscawilla community in Winter Springs, crosses the trestle over scenic Howell Creek, and through a residential area to the bridge over SR434.


SR434 Bridge to Layer Elementary School (Winter Springs) - 3 miles

The Trail passes Winter Springs Town Center restaurants, shops) - from the trail, a wide sidewalk leads to the Town Center, but a connector trail is planned. It continues past Winter Springs High School, to Central Winds Park (parking, restrooms, water, picnic, playground, playing fields, nature trail with views of Lake Jesup). After leaving the park, the trail passes the Winter Springs Hound Ground (dog park), and then emerges to SR434 - trees planted during construction are maturing, so some shade provided as well as buffer from road. The trail again turns away from the road to another pretty portion over Gee Creek. Unfortunately, the trail ends at Layer Elementary School and one of its "missing links."


Layer Elementary to Soldiers Creek Park (trail gap) - 1.75 miles

From Layer Elementary, follow CR419 to arrive at Soldier Creek Park. This is temporary - the trail runs along a powerline from an industrial park across from Layer Elementary to Spring Hammock Preserve and Soldiers Creek Park - there used to be a dirt path creating a route via Old Sanford-Oviedo Road, but it's been closed off so currently only accessible from Spring Hammock. Note: Agreements to connect the trail have been reached with the property owners and CSX Railroad, hopefully construction will start in summer 2019.

Spring Hammock Preserve and the Seminole County Environmental Studies Center are worthwhile stops. At Spring Hammock Preserve, if you have the right bike tires and the ground isn't too wet, take time to ride the dirt road to the boardwalk to Lake Jesup, and visit the Environmental Studies Center. (Donate here to help keep this educational resource available to our children.)


Soldiers Creek Park to Greenway Lakes Park - 3.25 miles

The trail goes across CR419 to Soldiers Creek Park (restrooms, water, parking, playing fields, equestrian parking, 1.3 mile mountain bike trail). It continues past Soldiers Creek Park, across the overpass at US17-92, through a canopied forest section of the trail to Big Tree Park (parking, water, restrooms, picnic, playground), named for the large pond cypress trees on site. Go past Big Tree Park to Ronald Reagan Blvd. and cross onto Longwood-Lake Mary Road. Turn onto Greenway Blvd. past Lake Mary High School to Greenwood Lakes Park (parking, restrooms, playground, pavilion, volleyball, ball field, tennis, roller hockey rink).


Greenway Lakes Park to Lake Mary Blvd. Bridge (Trailhead) - 2 miles

The trail continues through Greenway Lakes Park and behind the library before coming back onto Greenway Blvd., where it turns off at the Crossings and follows the power lines. Go through the tunnel under Greenwood Blvd. Exiting the Crossings, cross the road at Greenwood and Sun Drive and continue a short distance along the roadside to the bridge at Lake Mary Blvd.


Lake Mary Blvd. Trailhead to H.E. Thomas Jr. Pkwy. - 2 miles

Under the Lake Mary Blvd. bridge is the Lake Mary trailhead (parking, restrooms, water). Here Greenwood Blvd. becomes Rinehart Road and a rather uninspiring section of the trail, basically a wide sidewalk with no shade that runs north to the I-4 bridge link to the Seminole Wekiva Trail. From the bridge, the trail continues along Rinehart Road to H.E. Thomas Jr. Pkwy. (CR 46A) with some business crossings and little shade.


H.E. Thomas Jr. Pkwy. to Lake Monroe Wayside Park - 4.5 miles

Continuing along Rinehart Road the trail crosses SR46, runs to Monroe Road (CR15), and then to US17-92. Here is a tricky 3-part crossing - across US17-92 and two I-4 exit ramps. The trail goes under I-4 and ends at Lake Monroe Wayside Park (MM 27.7). From here, a bike/pedestrian bridge crosses the St. Johns River to meet the Spring-to-Spring Trail at Lake Monroe Park - completing this link on the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. At US17-92, the Cross Seminole Trail also will connect to the Sanford Riverwalk, once the Riverwalk is extended. (Updated: April 2019)

Nearby Eats We Enjoyed:

General Public House (Winter Springs Town Center) - Farm-to-table Southern cuisine, locally owned, sourced.
Townhouse Restaurant (Oviedo) - Family owned, a local tradition since the 1950's.

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