A Trail Town is a vibrant destination where people come together. It is a place where trail users can venture off a hiking, biking, equestrian or paddling trail to enjoy the amenities and unique heritage of the community, benefiting the town economically and socially.
Does your community desire to become a recognized Trail Town? Start with the community self-assessment and contact the Office of Greenways and Trails. Recognized towns receive free Trail Town signs, stickers and publicity.
When you walk the streets of downtown Dunedin, you see a multitude of bike shops, bustling inns, busy cafes and humming businesses. The downtown area is also filled with joggers, bikers, in-line skaters and leisurely walkers, all perusing local businesses and enjoying coastal scenery. Much of the excitement and vitality in Dunedin comes from the Pinellas Trail, which runs through town on an abandoned CSX railroad corridor. Thanks to the Pinellas Trail, downtown Dunedin’s business occupancy rate rose from 30 percent to 100 percent.
The city of Titusville, along Florida's East Coast, sits at the confluence of three long-distance trails: Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, East Coast Greenway and the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop. The town's steps to becoming a Trail Town include forming a trails committee, spearheading efforts to build a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Garden Street (State Road 406 - their busiest thoroughfare), revamping downtown streets to be more bicycle/pedestrian friendly, and opening a new visitors center in 2017 that includes a bike shop inside. Titusville was designated as Florida's second official Trail Town in June of 2018.
This small town at the southern end of Brevard County along Florida's East Coast was designated due to its vigorous efforts to establish walking, bicycling and paddling trails through its conservation areas. The town has an active Trails and Greenways Committee that works to connect their trail system to neighboring towns, and they came together to build an impressive trail shelter, an ideal spot for a rest break or picnic or to take refuge from a storm.
Located at the halfway point of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, Clermont's South Lake Trail provides numerous amenities for trail users such as restrooms, shade, information kiosks, way-finding signs, water fountains and showers. Plus, motels, restaurants and a pedestrian-friendly downtown can easily be reached from the trail.
Inverness, located along the 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail, has embraced bicycle tourism as an economic driver. With good signage, amenities, numerous events, and safe bicycle and pedestrian passage through downtown, Inverness is creating a highly visual gateway to downtown along the trail.
Everglades City is a gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands and an important hub for several paddling trails, including the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. The town is also bike-friendly as evidenced by bicycle racks throughout town and at the airport.
Downtown Winter Garden, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is a favorite destination for those traveling on the award-winning West Orange Trail. The trail links cyclists, joggers and pedestrians to the center of downtown, which includes a revitalized business and arts district.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.