Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail, Polk City

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General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is a rail trail in Florida, named after General James A. Van Fleet, who was a distinguished combat commander in both World Wars and the Korean War.It is protected as a Florida State Park and occupies a 29.2mi abandoned portion of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad's Florida Western and Northern corridor through Central Florida's Green Swamp area. It extends from Polk City in the south to Mabel in the north.It passes through Bay Lake and crosses Lake, Polk and Sumter counties.The entire 29.2mi length of the trail is paved approximately 12ft wide and is mostly straight, containing only one slight curve toward the southern end of the trail just north of the Polk City trailhead.FaunaAmong the wildlife that can be seen along the trail are egrets, herons and various raptors. Also sighted are white-tailed deer, Florida gopher tortoises, American alligators, raccoons and nine-banded armadillos.
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  • We walked for 3 miles from the start of the trail and then made our way back. There is a block of toilets not far from the start but then we didn’t see any others. It’s a long flat, straight trail wit...  more »
  • We enjoy this trail each year. It is paved and long. There are alligators, turtles and birds. Take your time and stop at the bridges you are sure to see something.  more »
  • We spent 10 days in Orlando on vacation and wanted to bike every day so we made a special trip out to this this trail on October 6th. We started in Auburndale as that was the start of the trail on the...  more »
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