General James A. Van Fleet State Trail
Welcome to General James A. Van Fleet State Trail
The General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails and is one of Florida's most rural, paved rail-trails. Also designated as a National Recreation Trail®, the Van Fleet State Trail runs through the Green Swamp, the headwaters for some of Florida's most popular paddling destinations--the Withlacoochee (South), Hillsborough and Peace rivers. Landscapes include the natural environments associated with the Green Swamp, former citrus lands and cattle ranches. With only one or two curves in its 29.2 miles, you can choose to go slow and view the wildlife or enjoy it at a brisk pace. An equestrian trail parallels the length of the paved path. The trail has excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, especially between Green Pond Road and Bay Lake Road.
Hunting is allowed in the Green Swamp and Richloam wildlife management areas, found on the western side of the northern half of the trail. The trail remains open during hunting seasons, so trail users should display fluorescent orange while using the trail in those areas.