Restroom facility at the Bay Lake Trail Head
Bay Lake Trail Head Pavilion
Alligator on the Van Fleet State Trail
Van Fleet Trail Corridor
Bay Lake Restroom
Bay Lake Pavilion
Alligator on VFST
Deer on VFST

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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 including the Withlacoochee, Hillsborough and Peace rivers. Landscapes include the river swamp, bottomland forest, pine flatwoods, former citrus lands and cattle ranches. With only one curve 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.

 

Trail Length/Surface

The trail is 29.2 miles long and has a paved surface 8 feet in width.

Activities

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