Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail is a 29.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Polk City, FL that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

29.2 miles 30 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

A paved trail through the Green Swamp, former citrus and cattle land, and wildlife management areas. The trail runs through the Green Swamp, the headwaters for some of Floridas most canoed rivers, the Withlacoochee (South), Hillsborough, and Peace. The trail has excellent wildlife viewing opportunities between Green Pond Road and Bay Lake Road.

3 months ago

road biking
2 years ago

This is long paved trail with fairly high traffic for being so rural, since there aren't many similar ones in a large area. Nevertheless, I see wildlife very often, including groups of deer at dusk, and lots of tortoises and snakes when it's hot. The trail passes by cattle and horse fields, swamp, and some residential areas. There are stops with restrooms (locked at certain times) and catwalks at multiple places. It also crosses roadways, so watch closely for traffic.

road biking
2 years ago

This is a very well kept straight path. I ride here weekly to wind down and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
3 years ago

OK - so walking in Florida in early August at mid day was not the smartest thing to do; nevertheless, the four mile walk on this trail was relaxing and incredibly scenic. Excellent road condition, clean bathroom, friendly park service employees - I will be back when the weather cools down, perhaps bringing my bike to alternate activities.

walking
4 years ago

The portion of the trail I hiked was long, straight and paved. Because of time limitations I only walked about four miles out, then back.

road biking
4 years ago

One of my favorite trails. About 58 miles round trip of just straight biking. Lots of wild life scenery.

hiking
4 years ago

You can also access trail at Mabel Trailhead