El Rio Trail

EASY 16 reviews

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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.7 miles
36 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking




wild flowers

A well maintained 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.

8 months ago

Great for bike riding! A nice smooth trail with some shade. Safe for bikers who want separation from cars.

11 months ago

Great ride! When we got to Yamato, at mike 2.4, the busy road, and the railroad tracks we were confused where to go next? Please let me know how to continue this trail?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Wide and clean

Sunday, April 10, 2016

nice quiet mixed use path.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This is a well-kept paved trail along a South Florida canal. Wildlife include multiple iguanas, anhingas, ducks, and many songbirds. It is flat, clean, and dog friendly. It does cross a few south Florida roads, some of which are very busy. For an urban trail, it's not bad.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Great trail, but see the advisory below:

Beginning 6 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, the El Rio Trail, from just south of Yamato Road to Spanish River Boulevard, will undergo a full closure for approximately four (4) months to facilitate safe bridge construction associated with the I-95/Spanish River Boulevard Interchange project.

During the closure, pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be detoured via the T-Rex Trail. The Tri-Rail station will still be accessible from Yamato Road via the El Rio Trail. This closure will allow for the widening of two (2) existing bridges, and the construction of three (3) new bridges, all of which span the trail.

In addition, the trail will be slightly realigned and the El Rio Canal will be shaped and lined. This $67.7 million, 2.5-mile project began construction on January 13, 2014 and is expected to be completed in summer 2017, weather permitting. Work is being performed by Astaldi Construction Corp.,with Creative Engineering Group, Inc. overseeing the project for the Florida Department of Transportation.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

MY SAVIOR!!! My neighborhood is .02 miles from one of the entrances to the el Rio, so I use constantly.The trail actually runs from Glades Rd to the Boca/DelrayBeach city limits, so there is nowhere for Boca Raton to take it North. Hopefully Delray will pick it up. Plenty of room for Boca to continue it southbound though. I urge they do so to the southernmost point of the city!
South FL in general does not have a very good reputation regarding drivers sharing our roads, so any designated Bike/Walk Path is a godsend & I do hope more will be constructed. The el Rio trail can be used as a beautiful scenic route or could be used as a functional purpose, connecting to so many prime locations: Tri-Rail, FAU, Costco, LA Fitness plaza filled with retail/restaurant/bars & a connection to the T-Rex bike trail that leads to the Spanish River Library &, Spanish River Rec Fields. With construction of the new I-95 entrance/exit right into FAU there will be new bike trails to discover as well as a tunnel or overpass to cross Yamato, so you wont need to worry about arriving alive to your destination anymore. Boca Raton, thank you for being a Certified Bicycle Community and continuing to provide residents with such a perfect trail. The only thing more the City of Boca Raton can do, in my opinion, is to educate drivers about sharing the road with cyclists, educating drivers to recognize cyclist hand signals, make talking on phone (unless connected to a bluetooth device) and texting/sexting while driving a primary offense (so they can be penalized just for texting).

mountain biking
Sunday, July 06, 2014

Nice back trail from Boca train station to Glades.. Wish they're were more gems like this everywhere

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I frequently lead group walks on this trail. It currently runs from Glades Rd next to FAU all the way to Congress near Costco. I'm told that a tunnel will connect the trail across Yamatto. There are large scrub areas along parts of the trail north of Yamatto and smaller areas to the south. Round trip is about 9 miles. How do we update the map to show the whole trail?

7 days ago

20 days ago

road biking
2 months ago

road biking
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Friday, January 03, 2014