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Sanford Riverwalk...

Biking along Lake Monroe

The Sanford Riverwalk is a popular local venue, following the Lake Monroe shoreline along Seminole Blvd, from Mellonville Avenue to Central Florida Regional Hospital. Although short (two miles), the lakeshore location makes for a scenic Central Florida bike ride. The path is convenient to parks and downtown Sanford. Future plans are to extend the Riverwalk to I-4, and link to the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. It also will connect with the SR 415 Trail as part of a future Lake Monroe Loop. Detailed map and photos below.

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Sanford Riverwalk Map

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Location: Seminole County
End Points:
Seminole Blvd. (Mellonville Ave. to Central Florida Regional Hospital)
Mileage: 2 miles
Surface: Paved, 15 feet
Trailheads/Parking: Parking available along Seminole Avenue, at Fort Mellon Park, or in downtown Sanford. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Fort Mellon Park, Sanford Museum, Orlando Sanford International Airport

Bike Shops / Rentals:

Pedal Driven Bike Shop (Sanford)

COMMENTS AND PHOTOS... Sanford Riverwalk

During the past 10 years, Sanford has been making a comeback and the Riverwalk is leading the way. A great place to take the kids.

Mellonville Ave. to French Ave.

The path has many benches, pavilions with swings, or places to just stop and enjoy the view - or go fishing. Runs past restaurants, marina, Fort Mellon Park. Portions of the trail near the Marina were flooded after Hurricane Irma, but have been restored and new trees planted (August 2018).

French Ave. to Central Florida Regional Hospital

This is a newer section of the trail. While along the road, the steel barrier makes it safe and inviting.

Sanford Sights along the Riverwalk

Marina Island has restaurants and the St. John's Rivership (sternwheeler) dinner cruises. Fort Mellon Park is a community focal point, with restrooms, water fountains, a playground, splash park, picnic tables, pavilion (available for rental), baseball field, and basketball courts. Check out the Sanford Museum, relax at Veterans Memorial Park, or visit the restaurants and shops of historic downtown Sanford.


Sanford has an interesting history. Fort Mellon was established during the Second Seminole War in 1836, and the town of Mellonville grew up around it. Its location on Lake Monroe (part of the St. John's River system) was advantageous and Mellonville became a commercial center with daily steamship service to Jacksonville in the 19th century. Mellonville was the original county seat of Orange County before Orlando emerged. The town merged with adjacent Sanford in 1883, and today's Sanford serves as county seat of Seminole County.

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