The Seminole Wekiva Trail runs along the former line of the Orange Belt Railway. This trail provides a great alternative to the busier streets of Altamonte Springs, Longwood, and Heathrow. It's a well-marked 14-mile trail and one of the most popular choices found in Seminole County.
This paved, multi-use trail is perfect for biking, walking, running, in-line skating, or even walking your dog. It's a part of the larger Florida National Scenic Trail and connects with the Cross Seminole Trail.
Four official trailheads are found along the Seminole Wekiva Trail. Each of these trailheads offers a great starting point for your journey along the trail.
San Sebastian Trailhead
Found at 371 San Sebastian Prado in Altamonte Springs, FL, this trailhead offers the southern terminus of the trail. It provides parking facilities, picnic tables, and water, but there are no restrooms found here.
Seminole Softball Complex
Another trailhead found at 264 North Street in Altamonte Springs, the Seminole Softball Complex offers water, a pavilion, restrooms and parking. It's found just to the north of Sanlando Park and the trail actually runs throughout the park.
Jones Park/Long Pond Trailhead
Found at the corner of Long Pond Road and Markham Woods Road in Longwood, FL, this trailhead is found about 1.6 miles to the south off Lake Mary Boulevard. You won't find any restrooms here, but there is water and you can park your car in the shade.
Markham Road Trailhead
Located at 8515 Markham Road in Sanford, this trailhead is the further north of the four main trailheads. It offers plenty of parking, newer restrooms, and water. The paved Seminole Wekiva Trail runs to the east from this trailhead and there is also an unpaved section that runs to the west towards the Wekiva River.
Along with these four official trailheads, there's also an unofficial trailhead found at the Shoppes of Oakmonte at 1210 South International Parkway in Lake Mary. This trailhead is found at about the half-way mark of the trail and offers a good drop-off point as parking at the shopping center is restricted.
While the Seminole Wekiva Trail certainly offers plenty of space to enjoy, it also connects to other trails. The northern section of the trail connects to the Cross Seminole Trail via a pedestrian bridge that crosses over Interstate 4. This is known as the granddaddy of the trails in Seminole County and will even connect to Cady Way Trail in Winter Park.
In addition, the Seminole Wekiva Trail will eventually connect on the southern end to the West Orange Trail. The plans show the trail extending three miles from the San Sebastian Trailhead to the Orange County Line and to Apopka. Once the extension has been made, the trail will connect to the 22-mile West Orange Trail.
Paint the Trail
While the natural views along the Seminole Wekiva Trail are rather amazing, you can also enjoy the Paint The Trail section around E.E. Williamson Road. More than 500 paintings of celebrities and historical figures are found here, along with some memorials. Jeff Sonkenson provides the artistry and the fence actually starts outside his parent's home and extends along the trail.
Hours of Operation
The Seminole Wekiva Trail is open from dawn to dusk daily and it's managed by the Leisure Services Department Greenways and Natural Lands Division located at 100 East 1st Street in Sanford, FL.