Experiences & Amenities
The trail has a paved surface ideal for bicycling. It traverses through mostly natural areas, so there is ample opportunity to enjoy a brisk pace or go slow and view the wildlife.
- Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water. The only potable water sources are at the Polk City, Green Pond and Mable trail heads.
- Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists, and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
Whether you are walking, jogging, hiking or running, the 29.2 miles of paved trail are great for these activities. Some sections are quite remote and isolated, so be sure to bring plenty of drinking water.
- We recommend wearing appropriate footwear (closed toed-comfortable walking/running shoes) sunscreen, insect repellent and sun hat.
- Remember to travel only half as far as you plan to walk to allow for the return trip, unless you make plans to have someone pick you up at one of the four trail heads.
The Green Swamp is a great place to view wildlife such as white-tail deer, alligator, raccoon, opossum, snakes and turtles, just to name a few. A variety of birds can be seen such as American bald eagle, osprey and barred owl.
- Please give the animals right of way, and remember that it is unlawful and dangerous to feed any wildlife.
- Taking pictures from a safe distance is always encouraged.
Parking is available at four locations (trail heads) along the trail:
- Polk City Trailhead (Polk County) - 7683 Berkley Road, Polk City, FL 33968 – GPS Coordinates N28⁰ 10.867 W081⁰49.662
- Green Pond Trailhead (Polk County) - 4903 Green Pond Road, Polk City, FL 33868 - GPS Coordinates N28⁰ 19.131 W081⁰51.737
- Bay Lake Trailhead (Lake County) - 7500 Bay Lake Road, Groveland, FL 34736 - GPS Coordinates N28⁰ 27.328 W081⁰55.347
- Mabel Trailhead (Sumter County) - 7981 County Road 772, Webster, FL 35597 – GPS Coordinates N28⁰ 34.711 W081⁰58.597
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the trail. They must be kept on a handheld leash that is six feet or shorter in length. Dog owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings.
- Dog-friendly drinking fountains are located at the Polk City and Green Pond trail heads.
- See our Pet Policy.
The entire length of the 29.2-mile trail has an 8-foot wide paved surface and is well-suited for visitors who use mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Other power-driven mobility devices approved by the park are permitted where foot traffic is allowed.
- For additional information, contact the park manager’s office at 352-394-3969.