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Spring-to-Spring Trail... Florida

Volusia County Biking - Connects Trail Networks, Springs, and Parks

Serving as part of the FL Coast-to-Coast Trail and St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, when finished the Spring-to-Spring Trail will total about 30 miles. Currently, 22 miles are complete with two gaps remaining. Starting from Lake Monroe Park in DeBary, the trail runs north and then splits into two legs, continuing north through Orange City, Deland, Glenwood and DeLeon Springs, and running east through Enterprise and Deltona. Giving this scenic trail its name, it connects many springs and parks, including Lake Monroe Park, Gemini Springs Park, DeBary Hall Historic Site, and Green Springs Park (east leg), and Rob Sullivan Park, Blue Springs State Park, Lake Beresford Park, and DeLeon Springs State Park (north leg). (Detailed map and photos below.)

Spring-to-Spring Trail, Orlando biking, Volusia County

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Location: Volusia County
End Points: DeBary to Deltona (east); DeBary to DeLeon Springs (north, 2 gaps)
Mileage: 22 miles to date, 30 miles when complete
Surface: Asphalt, 8-12' (short section through Glenwood on roadway, or use sidewalk)
Trailheads/Parking: Section 1: Lake Monroe Park, Gemini Springs North Trailhead. Section 2 (north leg): Rob Sullivan Park, Blue Springs State Park, Lake Beresford Park, Fichter Trail Rest (Glenwood), Chuck Lennon Park (DeLeon Springs), DeLeon Springs State Park. Section 3 (east leg): Gemini Springs Park, DeBary Hall, Thornby Park, Green Springs Park. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: DeBary Hall, Lake Monroe Park, Gemini Springs Park, Blue Spring State Park, Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, DeLeon Springs State Park

Bike Shops / Rentals:

Deland Cyclery (Deland)

JC's Bike Shop (Deland)

 

 

Spring to Spring Trail... Comments and Photos

Used by both recreational and long-distance bikers, hikers, joggers, and skaters, the Spring-to-Spring Trail can meet most riding interests and styles from natural areas and parks, to suburban roadways, to open straightaways. As part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, it connects across the St. Johns River to the Cross Seminole Trail (south) and East Central Regional Rail Trail (east). As part of the St. Johns River-To-Sea Loop, it connects to US 17 near DeLeon Springs State Park (north), and the East Central Regional Rail Trail (east). We explore the trail in three sections.

Page Summary:

  1. Section 1: Lake Monroe Park to Gemini Springs North Trailhead
    - St. Johns River Bridge to Gemini Springs North Trailhead
    - Lake Monroe Park to Dirksen Drive
  2. Section 2: North Leg, DeBary to DeLeon Springs State Park/US17
    - Gemini Springs North Trailhead to Rob Sullivan Park (gap)
    - Rob Sullivan Park to  Lake Beresford Park
    -  Lake Beresford to Grand Ave. (Glenwood) (gap)
    - Grand Ave. to DeLeon Springs State Park
  3. Section 3: East Leg,  DeBary to Green Springs Park
    - Gemini Springs to Mansion Blvd./.DeBary Hall
    - Mansion Blvd. to Green Springs Park
  4. More Information and Resources

Section 1: Lake Monroe Park to Gemini Springs North Trailhead

At Lake Monroe Park in DeBary, a shared-use lane (about 1/2 mile, separated by concrete barrier) spans the St. Johns River bridge, connecting to the Cross Seminole Trail at Wayside Park in Sanford as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.

St. Johns River Bridge to Lake Monroe Park

At the end of the bridge, enter Lake Monroe Park (on right) and go through the parking lot to the trailhead (to the left, past the boat launches). The Park includes parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, boardwalk, boat ramp, and fishing.


Lake Monroe Park to Dirksen Drive/Gemini Springs North Trailhead - 2.5 miles

From the Lake Monroe trailhead, the trail (this section also called the Pat Northey Pathway) is an scenic ride, meandering through diverse habitat that includes cypress swamp, oak/palm hammock, pine stand, and prairie to Dirksen Drive and the Gemini Springs North Trailhead.

Fun Fact: Pat Northey, a former county commissioner, is locally known as the "Queen of Trails" in recognition of her leadership in trail development.

 

Featured in This Section:

Lake Monroe Park  (DeBary)

 

Section 2: North Leg - DeBary to DeLeon Springs

From Gemini Springs North Trailhead, the trail runs west on Dirksen Drive to US 17-92, where construction is underway filling the gap to Rob Sullivan Park. The trail re-starts at Rob Sullivan Park and is continuous past Blue Spring State Park to Beresford Park. Another gap exists to Glenwood, where it re-starts and continues 7.2 miles to trail end at US 17. This leg is part of the St. Johns River-to-Sea-Loop.

Dirksen Road to Rob Sullivan Park - 3 miles

Dirksen Road to US 17-92

From the point where the trail emerges at Gemini Springs North Trailhead, and running west along Dirksen Drive is the intersection of US 17-92.

US 17-92 to Rob Sullivan Park - Gap Construction

Construction is underway to fill the gap from US 17-92 at Benson Junction Road to Rob Sullivan Park. (Estimated completion: 2022)

Photo credit: Darren Hunt


Rob Sullivan Park to DeBary Plantation - 2 miles

This section of trail starts at Rob Sullivan Park and runs along Highbanks Road and Donald Smith Blvd. behind DeBary Plantation (residential/country club community) to DeBary Plantation Ave. Currently, this is a wide sidewalk; future plans are to upgrade it to a trail.


DeBary Plantation Ave. to Blue Spring State Park - 3.6 miles

This section starts at Donald Smith Blvd. and DeBary Plantation Blvd. and runs with no road crossings through a conservation area, then along the railroad track to the trailhead at Blue Spring Ave. in Orange City. At the trailhead, a bridge crosses the track and continues about 1/2 mile to an entry to Blue Spring State Park (fee station).


Blue Spring Park to Lake Beresford - 3 miles

The Park entrance off the trail is near the campground, it's about a mile on park roads to the spring. Blue Spring State Park has the largest spring on the St. Johns River and is a designated manatee refuge; parking, restrooms, picnic, camping, kayak/canoe launch, fishing, concession, scuba, hiking and more.

Continuing along the trail is an underpass at French Ave. Past there is a link to the State Park main entrance (turn left). Or, turn right to continue on the trail to Lake Beresford Park. This is an excellent recreational ride past forest, fields, and swamp, linking to the Beresford Trails Loop. This segment parallels the railroad track with a few hills.


Lake Beresford to Grand Ave. / Gap - 3 miles

Go through the tunnel under the railroad track to Lake Beresford Park. The park includes parking, restrooms, playground, picnic pavilions, and nature hiking trails. A pretty 1.8 mile paved multi-use trail circles the park.

The trail extends another half mile past Lake Beresford Park, then is a gap to Grand Ave. in Glenwood. The project study has been completed, and design work underway (estimate completion: 2024).


Grand Ave., Glenwood - 6 miles

Resuming in Glenwood on Grand Avenue, the trail runs as a paved path along the west side of the road, with the George and Nadine Fichter Trail Rest (parking, picnic pavilion) across the road on Humane Society Road, go to the crosswalk a short distance further to a paved path to the pavilion. At King Street, the paved trail ends - cross to the east side and continue on bike lanes 1.5 miles to Lemon St. (alternatively, there's sidewalk on both sides of the road). The paved trail resumes at Lemon St. Approaching Baxter Street the trail crosses to the west side again.


Grand Ave. to US 17 - 1.2 miles

New trail has been laid from Baxter Street to US 17 and DeLeon Springs State Park. (Ribbon cutting, May 2021.) From Grand Ave. at Baxter St. the trail runs east toward US 17 where it takes a sharp left onto Ponce DeLeon Blvd. After about 0.7 mile is a crossroad:- to the right, the trail continues 0.5 mile to US 17 where it will link to a future segment of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop; going straight is a spur to DeLeon Springs State Park.


Spur to DeLeon Springs State Park - 0.8 miles

From the point where the trail turns to US 17, continue straight on Ponce DeLeon Blvd. and it's about 0.8 mile to DeLeon Springs State Park (parking, restrooms, restaurant, spring, paddling, historic exhibits; State Park fee applies). The path ends at a railroad track, cross over to the park entrance. Just over the railroad track and before the park entrance take Burts Park Road to Chuck Lennon County Park for a free parking option (parking, restrooms, picnic pavilions, playground, playing fields; 7 mountain bike trails here total 11 miles)

 

Featured in This Section:

Rob Sullivan Park (DeBary)
Blue Spring State Park (Orange City)
Lake Beresford Park (Deland)
Chuck Lennon Park (DeLeon Springs)
DeLeon Springs State Park (DeLeon Springs)

 
 

Section 3: East Leg - DeBary to Green Springs Park

From the point where the trail emerges onto Dirksen Road at the Gemini Springs North Trailhead (parking only), the trail runs east past the entrance to Gemini Springs Park (parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, fishing, canoe/kayak launch, hiking and horse trails). It then continues past DeBary Hall Historic Site to Deltona (a designated Florida Trail Town) and Green Springs Park where it meets the East Central Regional Rail Trail.. This leg is part of both the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail and St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop.

Gemini Springs North Trailhead to Mansion Blvd. - 1.5 miles

From Gemini Springs North Trailhead to Mansion Blvd. (connector to DeBary Hall), the trail follows Dirksen Drive, partly under shaded canopy with a wide buffer, a pleasant ride. From the entrance to Gemini Springs Park the park road is about 1/10 mile to parking and facilities (parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, camping, paddling, fishing). Approaching DeBary Hall, the trail emerges onto Dirksen Drive and runs roadside. At Mansion Blvd. turn off to DeBary Hall and the trailhead, or continue eastward to the Green Spring Park entrance.


Mansion Blvd. to DeBary Hall - 0.5 mile

This short diversion provides a glimpse of history. Cross Dirksen Dr. onto Mansion Blvd. and ride to the DeBary Hall Trailhead (parking, restrooms next to Hall). Stop at the Visitors Center to learn more about this historic site - built in 1871, it's on the National Register of Historic Places.


Dirksen Drive/Mansion Blvd. to Green Springs Park - 3 miles

From the Mansion Blvd / Dirksen Drive intersection, the trail parallels Dirksen east and under I-4 where the road name becomes DeBary Ave. This section continues mostly parallel to the road. There's no shade and some cross-streets. It touches on Enterprise, where the roadway runs through a less commercial area, then enters Deltona, turning away from the road at Jacob Brock Ave. At Providence Blvd. is a 1/10 mile link to parking at Thornby Park (more below), then the trail runs on a boardwalk parallel to Perimeter Drive before arriving at Green Springs Park. A path from the trail runs about 2/10 mile, passing the spring, to parking and facilities (restroom, picnic, playground) within the park. Past Green Springs Park, you are now on the East Central Regional Rail Trail .


Thornby Park - Lakeshore Loop Trail - 0.75 mile

An alternate route to Green Springs Park is via Providence Blvd., past Thornby Park to the Lakeshore Loop Trail along Lakeshore Drive to Green Springs Park.

Thornby Park to Green Springs Park

A wide sidewalk runs along Providence Blvd. from the trail to Thornby Park (parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, nature trails), then continues to Lakeshore Drive. Here, the Lakeshore Loop Trail runs on the north side of the road under shaded oak canopy to the Lake Monroe boat launch and fishing pier, and the old Community Center (parking, picnic). Deltona, a designated Florida Trail Town, is planning to redevelop the site into a trailhead and Lakeshore Eco-Village to include parking, bicycle shop, lodge, tree houses, cabins, primitive camping sites and kayak rentals. Continuing on the trail is the entrance to Green Springs Park at Green Springs Road


Green Springs Park to Spring-to-Spring Trail

Along Green Springs Road is about 0.2 mile to the park. Here are parking, restrooms, picnicking, and playground, plus of course the lovely green spring (one of the few green sulphur springs remaining). Follow the path around the parking lot and past the restrooms (follow the sign pointing toward the Spring Overlook). The shaded path runs about 0.2 mile to the trail. Return on the Spring-to-Spring Trail (west) or continue east on the East Central Regional Rail Trail.

 

Featured in This Section:

Gemini Springs Park (DeBary)
DeBary Hall (DeBary)
Thornby Park (Deltona)
Green Springs Park (Enterprise)

 

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