Anchored by two former railroad right-of-ways that once met in Oviedo, the Cross Seminole Trail is a backbone for access to parks and trails across the county.
However, there is a gap between the two parts of the trail that radiate out of Oviedo, and no single trailhead for both to use. So we describe each segment independently.
Cyclists can connect them on sidewalks or bike lanes in Oviedo, but most casual users just ride on one or the other. Both see a fair amount of use from locals who live along these trails.
Running from downtown Oviedo to the St. Johns River, the northern segment also provides a corridor for the Florida National Scenic Trail through suburbia.
Our resources for exploring the area
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Location: Oviedo to Orlando and Sanford
Length: 27.6 mile linear corridor with gaps
Land manager: Seminole County
Open dawn to dusk. Leashed pets welcome. Please use designated parking areas for access. Note when gates are locked at trailheads and return before they are.
This is an urban bike path. Be alert to your surroundings for your personal safety. Do not leave your gear unattended or your bike unlocked when out of sight of it.
Public restrooms adjoin the trail at Black Hammock Trailhead, Big Tree Park, Greenwood Lakes Park, and Trailhead Park.
About the Trail
Cross Seminole Trail North
The first sections of the Cross Seminole Trail to be put in place over 20 years ago stretched from downtown Oviedo to Winter Springs and through Lake Mary.
Gaps remain along this route, but you can follow trail signage for 21 miles to reach the Spring to Spring Trail in Volusia County just north of the St. Johns River in Sanford.
Cross Seminole Trail West
Disconnected from the north segment by less than a mile, this 6.6 mile segment leads west from Oviedo towards the Orlando metro, where it meets the Cady Way Trail at the county line.
Despite our presentation of these two segments based on their age and popularity and rides out of Oviedo to each terminus, the mile markers you see start at Mile 0.0 at the Cady Way Trail and end in Sanford.
Click on any icon on the map to pull up trail or park details or obtain directions to a trailhead.
Using the Cross Seminole Trail, you can ride right to these regional bike paths and keep going.
The northernmost miles of the Cross Seminole Trail are also part of a much longer route called the Florida Coast to Coast Trail, a bike path spanning from Titusville to St. Petersburg.
Along the Route
Visit these stops along the Cross Seminole Trail
Protecting more than 1,500 acres along Lake Jesup, Spring Hammock Preserve is home to some of Florida’s oldest and largest cypress trees
To see the Florida Trail from a different perspective, our friend Richard drove over from the coast to join Sandy and I for a recumbent trike ride on the Cross Seminole Trail.
While The Senator is a charred stump, thanks to an arsonist, the grandeur of its surroundings at Big Tree Park – including a 2,000-year-old cypress – has reopened to the public.
JK finishes up his last Florida Trail miles in Seminole County as he continues to fill in the blanks on a section hike of the statewide Florida Trail.
Our videos from the Cross Seminole Trail and from parks along its corridor.