Saturday, March 11, 2017

Biking the Seminole Wekiva Trail

This is a very popular trail; the ride was on a Thursday morning there were quite a few people along the way.  Not so many that it felt crowded, but there were more people than I expected. It’s popular for a good reason… this is a great riding trail.

Trail View
Trees provide shade along most of the trail

I started this ride at Lake Mary Blvd because I didn’t see the trailhead (with parking) at the southern trailhead on 436.  There is a parking area there, so if you’re heading down this way, it is a good place to start

One of the most interesting features along the trail is all of the art along the way.  The fences that adorn the trail are part of “Paint the Trail” – a project that is lead by artist Jeff Sonksen.  I’m not sure if he is the only artist, but he is definitely the main contributor.  I found a news article from 2014 that says there are 500 murals that span a half of a mile – that was 3 years ago, and I think there are a lot more now. (Click on any image for a larger version).

Paint the Trail-1 Paint the Trail-2 Paint the Trail-4

There are few murals like this one too.

The southern portion of the trail runs alongside the Little Wekiva River which is fed by three nearby springs.  There are a few short walking trails that head towards the river from the bike trail that offer some really nice views of a crystal clear creek.

Little Wekiva River-1
Spring fed Little Wekiva River

The full ride was about 17.5 miles, and there are several drinking fountains and restrooms along the way.  If you would like to see the technical details of the trip, click on the “Wikiloc” logo on the map.

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