Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Polk City, 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.
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.
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.
This is a very well kept straight path. I ride here weekly to wind down and enjoy the scenery.
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.
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.
One of my favorite trails. About 58 miles round trip of just straight biking. Lots of wild life scenery.
You can also access trail at Mabel Trailhead