El Rio Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Boca Raton, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, fishing, and road biking and is best used from January until April.

Length6.7 miElevation gain65 ftRoute typeOut & back
Wheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyFishingRoad bikingWalkingRunningPavedRiverWildlife
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A well maintained multi-use trail which follows the El Rio Canal between Glades road and Spanish River Boulevard in Boca Raton. It's paved and borders Florida Atlantic University to the east. The trail features rest areas every so often under shade provided by the numerous trees. The wildlife includes the ever-present Gopher Turtle, some waterfowl and a Great Heron or two. There is also excellent fishing to do enjoyed from the banks of the canal. As the trail meanders northwards, you get to cross a nice, old bridge about halfway down the trail with marvelous views up and down the canal and from which you can view the antics of the water tortoises who come up to sun themselves, depending on the time of day. The trail ends just as you reach Spanish River Boulevard. As with most hikes in south Florida, be sure to bring lots of water on a hot day. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt and typically at least five feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated 3% or less) so most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will likely find this trail navigable.

Boca Raton Parks and Recreation: 561-393-7811

There is parking at the nearby Florida Atlantic University's guest parking spots and a short walk to the trailhead

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Diego Castaneda
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Mountain biking

Nice family ride! Bring water and sun block!

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Igor Faynzilbert
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Hiking

Nice flat trail

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Khat McGurk
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Walking

Iguanas will only bite when threatened so if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. Give them an avenue to escape. Anyway, the trail is amazing and perfect for Onewheels!

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Bill Ott
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Danielle Kravitz
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HikingGreat!
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Sara Clarfield
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Hiking

With good weather, there was only 1 iguana and it was a great ride to do with a friend on a normal cruising bike. :)

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Frank A
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HikingGreat!

I love this trail and all it has to offer. However, there is a real problem with Iguana's and Gecko's. It's just a matter of time before they have a problem with the people on the trail. These creatures are becoming more aggressive and less fearful of people. This needs to be addressed immediately. The park staff has to know of the problem and they are just disregarding it. To park personnel, please take care of this NOW!

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Mary Richter
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Mountain biking

The most exciting thing about this trail was the iguanas. It’s flat, paved and very well maintained but it doesn’t have much to see except for a short stretch on the canal at the end and all the iguanas.

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Diane Iris
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Mikhail Kotegov
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Road biking

Very good for hiking and bicycle

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Blake Scarborough
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HikingGreat!

Very nice trail! Super cool nature areas u pass. Great for rollerblading!

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Isabel Velez
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Edith Sanchez
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Road biking

Awesome! Great

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Mattie McGrath
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Hiking

Well

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Ellen Sabin
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Road biking

Better for walking or running than bike riding. As a bike rider, I wish the trail connected to another to make the ride longer. Lots of iguanas running around.

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Evandro Pereira
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Road bikingGreat!

This is a nice and clean place, very well maintained, run from grades to Congress, it’s my daily training field

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Ana Resende
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HikingOff trailOver grown

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John Adamo
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Road biking

Great Trail lots of fun, very easy and well maintained. Iguanas everywhere on the canal so be careful if you’re on a road bike! Other than that little bugs in some areas during the summer. Other than that i love this trail, very scenic cool little pathways under roads and railroads and even one under the water level will go back again !

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Trae Swartzlander
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HikingBugsNo shade

Great trail there are florida burrowing owls nearby and a small dam has created a waterfall. Would recommend to bikers walkers hikers and joggers.

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Giovanna Miller
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Stephana Oliveira
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Ramani Karen
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Hiking

When I lived in Boca, this was my favorite running trail. I felt like I out of the city and could really get into the groove (so many iguanas and Florida wildlife). Felt very safe on this trail for the most part, but going under the bridge could be sketch at times. There are usually always people biking, walking, roller blading though, especially on the weekends. The trail itself is pretty exposed to the elements (sun!), so I would recommend bringing water and wearing a hat. Also, when it came to parking, I would just park at the CVS across the street.

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Danny Mancini
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Mountain biking

this has been my favorite trail in South Florida so far. I wouldn't recommend parking at FAU . I was I worried about parking but had no problem. saw bunnies, owls and awesome birds

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Ronni Kahn
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Mountain biking

Stupidly we went mid day. My bad. Likely 100 degrees and couldn’t hydrate enough. Went through two liters of water just starting rise back. It is a great trail for families, kids, friends or by yourself. Post first 4 miles trail becomes narrow and it runs parallel to commercial and condos/apts there is a lot of tree and limbs debris. It is fine unless someone is coming opposite way. No place to go. The only big negative for me and always personnel safety aware. There is a small portion maybe a block long under bridge area. It is so dark even at 1:00pm. I don’t see myself doing that position by myself. If someone was hiding there you wouldn’t know it or see them. Tons of beautiful turtles, huge colorful lizards, birds etc. recommend this trail for sure. Be carful when crossing streets as not one person stopped even when we pushed the caution riders button I will go back for sure

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Carlee Owens
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Awesome trail. Great for running and biking.. Tons of iguanas.

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Ashley Bootier
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very nice trail. this one is actually 6.7 miles from start to finish and there are signs everywhere for it so you cant miss. part of it is in the actual park and some is a greenway. we walked part of the greenway which ended up being about 2 miles. I saw tons of iguanas. beautiful area. looking forward to walking entire thing soon. highly recommend.

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Sarah Mokaya
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Road biking

Excellent trail, scenic and well maintained. This trail is great for the family. It was a bit difficult to find. The easiest way to find it is to go by the canal by FAU. It runs along the canal. Also we found parking across the street on glades in the CVS parking lot.

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Natalie Fayman
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Road biking

Not a bad little ride, nice and secluded with plenty of entry/exit points. Some parts are still under construction but easy enough to get around. Ladies, there is one dark scary bridge underpass so be advised. Parking is a challenge that I hope they address at some point, but I parked “illegally” at the Boca Raton Outpatient Laser Surgery Center, and I don’t think anyone there would’ve cared if they knew. I wouldn’t advise riding or walking the entire out & back in summer, as only about half of it is shaded. There are lots of street crossings so it’s not a speed workout. The entire length is paved with no major potholes. I hope they extend this trail some day!

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