East Central Regional Rail Trail… 47 Miles & Counting

A Top 10 Florida Bike Trail

Article originally published on BikeFlorida.net

Trail Update, October 2018:  Two new trailheads open, Gobblers Lodge Road and Maytown Spur Road.

At 50.5 miles, the East Central Regional Rail Trail (“ECRRT”) represents the longest rail corridor purchase in the State of Florida. 47 miles are now complete. Traversing southern Volusia County and northern Brevard County, the rail-trail corridor ranges from 35 to 200 feet wide and totals 668 acres. State and private managed areas within a 6 to 7 mile radius of Maytown (a Florida ghost town) provide a natural experience. Miles of open, rural straightaways are sure to be popular with road bikers. Areas of the trail are extremely remote; bring sunscreen and extra water. Cooler months are best. The ECRRT serves as part of both the 250-mile Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail and 260-mile St. Johns River to Sea Loop. (Map and photos below.)

Location: Volusia and Brevard Counties, Florida
End Points: Enterprise, Titusville, and Edgewater. (One gap remains between Osteen and Maytown.)
Mileage: 50+ miles planned, 47 miles complete
Surface: Asphalt, 12′
Trailheads/Parking: Volusia County: Thornby Park, Green Springs Park (Enterprise); SR415 bridge, Gobblers Lodge Road (Osteen); Maytown Spur Road (Maytown); SR 442 bridge, Rotary Park (Edgewater). Brevard County: I-95 underpass at Mims, Titusville Visitor Center. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: DeBary Hall, Gemini Springs Park, American Space Museum. Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, Cape Canaveral National Seashore

East Central Regional Rail Trail… Comments and Photos

We describe the ECRRT in 3 sections, from west to east (*mileage is approximate):

  • From Enterprise through Osteen to Maytown (18 miles, with one 3.5 mile gap)
  • From Maytown southeast past Mims to Titusville (17 miles)
  • From Maytown east and north to Edgewater (15.5 miles)

Trail Section 1
Green Springs Park to Maytown (18 Miles, One Gap)

This ECRRT section serves as part of both Florida Coast to Coast Trail and St. Johns River to Sea Loop.

Green Springs Park Trailhead

The East Coast Regional Rail Trail meets the Spring-to-Spring Trail at Green Springs Park (a hidden gem, worth a look). In the 1880’s, Green Springs was a popular health spa. Today, it is a county park (parking, restrooms, water, picnic tables, playground, short nature trail) and one of a few green sulphur springs remaining in Florida.

Minor map revision: per original plans, most maps show the ECRRTending 0.4 miles west of Green Springs Park at Providence Blvd. But once the Spring to Spring Trail was extended to Providence Blvd, Volusia County decided that the two trails shall “officially” meet at Green Springs Park.

Green Spring Park to Trail Bridge in Osteen – 5.3 miles

The first 5.3 miles from Green Springs Park east to the Osteen trail bridge, going past residential areas and ranchettes. With few road crossings and a good number of trees, the ECRRT retains a rural feel. Being close to urban areas and the I-4 corridor, this section is popular with recreational bikers and walkers, especially on weekends. This was the first ECRRT section completed, thus more amenities are in place.

Trail Bridge, Osteen to Guise Road – 2.7 Miles (then a 3.5 Mile Gap)

There is trailhead parking and facilities (building by Community Center) under the east side of the bridge. After crossing over SR 415, the ECRRT runs mostly parallel to Maytown Road for 2.7 miles, where it abruptly ends at Guise Road. Here begins the only remaining gap in the Trail (3.5 miles). (Last visited 11/18; no work has begun on gap.)

Note: another 5 mile bike trail begins at this same trailhead (SR 415 Trail / Beck Ranch Pathway ) and goes south parallel to SR 415, crossing the St. Johns River into Seminole County. This trail will eventually link to the Sanford Riverwalk as part of a future Lake Monroe Loop.

Gobblers Lodge Road to Maytown Intersection – 6.5 miles

After the gap, the ECRRT resumes at the trailhead off of Gobblers Lodge Road (parking, portalette, no other facilities). The trail quickly turns more to the south and runs 6.5 miles to the trail intersection at Maytown. This section is mostly tree lined and totally rural (within the Farmton Tree Farm). Bikers pass no public driveways and only one public road crossing (Lake Harney Rd) before reaching Maytown.

Maytown Spur Road Trailhead

Just before Maytown Spur Road, the ECRRT branches – one branch (to the left) runs east and north to Edgewater as part of the St Johns River to Sea Loop. The other branch (straight) leads to Titusville (Brevard County) as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. Continue straight for the Maytown Trailhead, about 0.4 mile after the intersection. Just past the trailhead, look to the right for Vergie’s Pit Stop – an “honor system” stand offering beverages and snacks. Quaint and useful, this is the only “store” for many miles in all directions.

Trail Section 2
Maytown Intersection southeast to Titusville (17 Miles)

This ECRRT section serves as part of the Florida Coast to Coast Trail.

Maytown Intersection to I-95 Trailhead – 7 miles

This ECRRT section runs from Maytown past the trailhead at I-95 in Mims (parking only) and continues to Titusville. Leaving the Maytown Trailheadis a pleasant, partially shaded 1.5 mile section to the Brevard County line. From here the Trail becomes mostly a straight line, with open vistas but virtually no shade until .5 mile before the I-95 trailhead. This is a remote area, no road crossings. An equestrian trail parallels the bike path. No covered benches or other amenities yet; the I-95 trailhead is currently parking only.

I-95 Trailhead to US Hwy 1 – 5.5 miles

Past I-95 the trails turns more to the south, partial shade possible depending on time of day. Homes can be seen through the trees. The trail passes Indian River Preserve Golf Club before emerging roadside at Folsom Road. This section serves neighborhood homes and schools; be careful at cross streets. The trail runs parallel with the road until merging with US Hwy 1 at the Mims/Titusville line at Parker Street.

US1 to Garden St. / SR406 Bridge – 3.5 miles

The trail parallels US Hwy 1 with a wide buffer for about 3 miles, past businesses and homes, then branches off at Malinda Lane for a little over 1/2 mile to the Garden Street / SR 406 Bridge.

SR 406 Bridge to Max Brewer Bridge – 1 mile

From the bridge, the East Central Regional Rail Trail runs through an industrial corridor to Canaveral Ave. and then to Main Street. A 12-foot, striped bike lane along Main Street and Indian River Avenue marks the route to the Max Brewer Bridge.

Titusville has become a biking hub, situated along the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, St. Johns River to Sea Loop, and East Coast Greenway. It is a designated Florida Trail Town.

Trail Section 3
Maytown Intersection east and north to Edgewater (15.5 Miles)

This section serves as part of the St. Johns River to Sea Loop.

Maytown Intersection to Cow Creek Road – 8.5 miles

Leaving Maytown, the trail parallels Maytown Road with a 50′ to 60′ tree-lined buffer. This section has some shade as well as bridges over wetlands and Cow Creek. About a mile past the I-95 underpass, a few homes and ranchettes appear, along with an airfield for small planes that runs parallel. Slightly over 2 miles past I-95, Maytown Road turns to the right, while the trail continues straight. To the right (east) is the Turnbull Hammock Conservation Area. Just before reaching Cow Creek Road, the trail passes through an old sand mine operation.

Cow Creek Road to Trailhead and SR 442 Bridge – 3.5 miles

After emerging from the conservation area and passing a sand mine, the trail runs closely parallel to Cow Creek Road for about 1.5 miles. The trail then swings further away from the road and enters a pleasantly diverse, forested area. Although passing between I-95 and Cow Creek Road, there’s a wide natural buffer, so it’s typically a quiet ride, except for some I-95 traffic noise from the west, depending on the direction of the wind.

Cow Creek Road Trailhead and SR 442 Bridge

The trailhead is along Cow Creek Road, 0.4 mile south of the SR 442 bridge (parking, benches, and portalette).

SR 442 Bridge to Dale Street – 3.5 miles (ECRRT Ends)

The bridge spans SR 442, then the trail continues to Dale St. through a nicely shaded section. There are some road crossings, the busiest at Old Mission Road. (Take care here, perhaps the most difficult road crossing along the entire trail.) Otherwise, thanks to some tree canopy, this stretch is a pleasant ride and popular with locals. From Dale St., a path along W. Park Ave. leads to a trailhead at Rotary Park, or continue on a short connector trail to the north, ending at 10th Street and Daytona State College.

 Trail Connector – Dale Street to 10th St. (additional 1.2 miles)

The ECRRT ends at Dale St. in Edgewater. However, a short but surprisingly pleasant trail connector (part of the St. Johns River to Sea Loop and the multi-state East Coast Greenway) now extends north (left) to 10th St. and Daytona State College. After running about two blocks parallel to Dale Street, the trail enters a natural preserve with 3 boardwalks. Parking is at Rotary Park.

Rotary Park

From the point where the ECRRT ends at Dale St., go right (south) a half-block to N. Park Ave., then left along the sidewalk to the Rotary Park crosswalk (less than 1/4 mile from trail end). Rotary Park has parking, restrooms, playground, basketball court, picnic tables, and walking trail.

Related Links:

Volusia County – Trails 

Edgewater Biking/Walking Trails 

Titusville Cycling/Pedestrian Trails 

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