Supporters of Florida’s longest paved loop trail, the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, will host bike rides from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, to celebrate trail openings along the loop.
The group rides will leave from Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand. Groups may choose from routes that go to Blue Spring State Park, Gemini Springs Park, Green Springs Park and Osteen. The ride lengths vary from eight to 50 miles. Each ride will culminate at Blue Spring State Park, where participants will enjoy refreshments, games and prize drawings.
The park entrance fee will be waived for cyclists who have preregistered and have a wrist band.
Register at www.river2sealoop.org.
When complete, the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop will be the most connected paved trail in Florida with links to the East Coast Greenway, the Florida Coast to Coast Trail, the Putnam trail network and the Heart of Florida Trail. Currently, the loop is 43 percent complete. Completed sections, including the segment connecting Titusville with Edgewater and Farmton, are already attracting group rides, foot races and multi-day tours. This attracts an influx of high-value, slow-moving, low-environmental-impact tourist dollars to smaller towns that are off the typical tourist routes – the best kind of tourism.For information and maps, visit www.river2sealoop.org.