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Van Fleet State Trail

Long, straight, flat and swampy describes this trail perfectly.  Named for General James A. Van Fleet, a commander in both World Wars and the Korean War, the trail slices through the Green Swamp.  Stop for more than a minute and mosquitoes will suck pints of blood from your body.  I would have taken more photos but really it’s what you don’t see that makes a swamp interesting.  It’s the creepy things lurking just under the surface of the black brackish water, the unseen slithering creatures, that make a swamp a swamp.

Aside from some buckling, the pavement is in good condition and services (restrooms and water) are located at either end and at the ten mile marker. At 29.2 miles one way, with only one curve in the whole trail, this is a good one to hammer out some fast mileage or meander along and spend the day bird and alligator watching.

Mileage: 58.4 round trip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (moderate only for the remoteness of some portions of the trail)

Environment: Like I said, it’s a swamp.

Thanks for reading, Jack

Categories: Day Tripping
  1. July 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Haven’t been to your blog since before your knee incident.
    Glad things have worked out and you’re back ridin’!

    Peace 🙂

    • The Velo Hobo
      July 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Thanks. It feels good to ride again.

      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

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