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Built on bed of the former Orange Belt Railway, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail links Altamonte Springs, Longwood, and Lake Mary - past residential and semi-rural areas, shops and restaurants. This paved Central Florida bike trail is popular for commuting as well as for recreation. Biking opportunities are extended by a trail bridge over I-4 connecting to the Rinehart Trail, an important connection in the evolving Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. (Detailed map and photos below.)

Seminiole-Wekiva Trail

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Location: Seminole County (Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary)
End Points: Altamonte Springs to Lake Mary
Mileage: Originally 14 miles. After a short gap, another 3 miles south of Hwy 436 have been added as part of emerging Coast-to-Coast Trail
Surface: Asphalt, 13'
Trailheads/Parking: San Sebastian Trailhead, Seminole County Softball Complex, Jones Trailhead, Markham Trailhead, behind the Oakmonte shopping plaza in Lake Mary. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Seminole County Softball Complex

Bike Shops / Rentals:

David's World Cycle (Altamonte Springs and Lake Mary)

Olde Towne Bicycles (Lake Mary)

No Limits Cycles (Longwood)

Seminole-Wekiva Trail... Comments and Photos

Rated as a "Destination" trail, the Seminole-Wekiva has grown better with age - bigger shade trees, more amenities, underpasses at SR434 and Lake Mary Blvd., and at the northwest end, a 0.4 mile unpaved path to the Wekiva River. Drawback: two major road crossings (Montgomery Rd. & CR46A). The Seminole-Wekiva has many nicely shaded sections. Benches and rest stops are located along its length. Note: a 3 mile trail section south of Hwy436 has been added to serve as a connector in the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. Running next to roads and through a power line easement (see map), it will be awhile until this new trail section has broad recreational biking appeal.


Biking the Seminole-Wekiva Trail... from South to North

 

 West of Bear Lake Road to Orange Ave. (2015 Extension)

Created to fill a gap on the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail , a 2.5-mile Seminole-Wekiva Trail extension was completed in 2015. From just west of Bear Lake Road and Maitland Blvd (where the trail will eventually cross U.S. Hwy 441), the extension runs northeast, next to roads and through a power line easement, to Orange Ave. behind the Wal-Mart Plaza fronting SR434, just south of SR436. There is a gap from here to the San Sebastian Trailhead on the north side of SR436. This is an isolated section, with no shade and no trailhead parking. It currently serves the local neighborhood, while awaiting the completion of the Coast-to-Coast. (August 2015)


San Sebastian (SR 436) Trailhead to Montgomery Road

This is the original southern terminus of the Seminole-Wekiva Trail. The San Sebastian Trailhead has full facilities. A wooded residential area, this is a surprisingly pretty stretch of the trail, with a bridge over the Little Wekiva River. Be very careful at the Montgomery Road crossing!


Montgomery Road to SR 434

This section is a pleasant, mostly shady ride passing Sanlando Park and the Seminole County Softball Complex (parking, restrooms, picnic pavilion, playing fields, playground).


SR 434 to Lake Mary Blvd.

Here the trail runs between Markham Woods Road and I-4, but is sufficiently off the road and tranquil through residential and semi-rural areas. Parking is available at the Jones Trailhead, which has parking, benches and water.


Lake Mary Blvd. to CR46A

Shopping and restaurants at the intersection of Lake Mary Blvd. and International Pkwy. create a pleasant stop-off point. The underpass crosses busy Lake Mary Blvd. to International Pkwy (mile marker 7.5) where the trail continues through the business park to Colonial Towne Park Center (shops and restaurants). The bridge over I-4 links to the Cross Seminole and Rinehart Road Trails. Note: almost no shade from Lake Mary Blvd north to CR46A.


CR46A to Markham Trailhead

Cross CR46A and then International Pkwy. and the trail follows the road a short distance before it turns west. The Sylvan Lake Junction Station here is a good stopping off point with benches and water. The trail parallels Markham Road but enough off the road to maintain a tranquil feeling, for an enjoyable ride. There are several rest stops and overlooks. At Lake Markham Rd. turn right to go to Sylvan Lake Park and the playing fields (trail is on the sidewalk). Continue on the trail to the Markham Trailhead (parking, restrooms) at the mile 13 marker. This section of the trail is also an equestrian path.


Markham Trailhead to Wekiva River

Continuing along the trail to the intersection of Markham Road and Longwood-Markham Rd., cross the road and around the barrier for a treat and great way to end the ride on this first-class trail - a 0.4 mile unpaved ride to the Wekiva River. Walk down a short trail to view the river, several hiking trails also wind through this area.


Art along the Seminole-Wekiva Trail

North of E.E Williamson Road (mile markers 4-4.5), stop and view the fence art - paintings (numbering 500 according to an Orlando Sentinel article in May 2014) of celebrities and historical figures, as well as memorials - a snapshot of history/pop history. Done by Jeff Sonksen, a self-trained artist and carpenter by trade, the fences have extended since starting outside his parents' home along the trail. Warning: if you read all the quotes, you'll be there awhile! Paint the Trail Facebook page

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