Polk City: Cycling into the Green Swamp

Here's a place to pedal in peace and get really far from urban Florida. The Gen James A. Van Fleet State Trail is a 29-mile bike trail -- one of the most rural trails in the state. Because it's a former railroad line, the path is straight and flat.  You won't see many people. You will see cattle ranches, lush forests and wetlands, wild flowers, birds and butterflies.  The middle stretch goes through the heart of the Green Swamp Conservation Area and offers the best wildlife viewing.
The Van Fleet trail starts minutes north of I-4 in Polk City.  <a href="http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/eastcentral/trails/general_james.htm"><b>For more information, visit the trail's page on state's site</b>.</a>

( Bonnie Gross / March 12, 2008 )

Here's a place to pedal in peace and get really far from urban Florida. The Gen James A. Van Fleet State Trail is a 29-mile bike trail -- one of the most rural trails in the state. Because it's a former railroad line, the path is straight and flat. You won't see many people. You will see cattle ranches, lush forests and wetlands, wild flowers, birds and butterflies. The middle stretch goes through the heart of the Green Swamp Conservation Area and offers the best wildlife viewing. The Van Fleet trail starts minutes north of I-4 in Polk City. For more information, visit the trail's page on state's site.

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