Embark on an electrifying journey through the scenic landscapes of Florida, where electric skateboards aren't just a mode of transportation but a thrilling adventure waiting to unfold. With a plethora of vibrant routes crisscrossing the Sunshine State, we invite you to join us as we explore 12 electrifying trails tailor-made for electric skateboard enthusiasts. Get ready for an exhilarating fusion of natural beauty and the spirit of adventure!
1. Al Tuttle Trail (Linear 2.4 miles/Round Trip 4.8 miles, Mountainous)
The Al Tuttle Trail, stretching 22 miles, begins at the northern end of Malabar, South Brevard, passing through the charming town of Malabar and leading to various natural trail systems. Starting at the historic Malabar Schoolhouse (now an activity venue) built in 1927, it concludes at Malabar Harbor Drive in Palm Bay, connecting four public lands. The trail leads to Malabar Scrub East, Cameron Preserve, and Malabar Scrub West, extending to the Turkey Creek Trail in the Turkey Creek Preserve. In summary, the Al Tuttle Trail serves as a central connector for the 12.6-mile interconnected Malabar Trails/Turkey Creek Trails system built and maintained by the Brevard Mountain Bike Association.
2. Auburndale TECO Trail (Linear 6.7 miles)
Also known as the Auburndale TECO Trail, this 6.7-mile trail is referred to by different signs as "Auburndale Trail" and "TECO Auburndale Trail." Despite the naming confusion, the trail, connecting urban corners of Polk County east of Lakeland and north of Winter Haven, offers a straightforward path along power lines. The return trip to the southern endpoint at Denton Ave covers 13.4 miles.
3. Big Shoals Woodpecker Trail (3.5 miles, Linear)
The Woodpecker Trail, the sole paved trail in Big Shoals State Park, winds through the forest for 3.5 miles, providing an interesting short ride with the possibility of encountering wildlife. Caution is advised for challenging terrain, and riders may need to turn back if conditions become impassable. The round trip is 7 miles, starting at the Big Shoals trailhead.
4. Bill Frederick Park (2.1 miles)
Formerly known as Turkey Lake Park, Bill Frederick Park in Orlando spans 178 acres on the west side of Turkey Lake. With diverse outdoor amenities, including boating, extensive picnic areas, a swimming pool, fishing docks, two 18-hole disc golf courses, and camping options, the park offers a 2.4-mile natural surface trail on its western edge. Combined with paved bike paths encircling the park, you can explore the entire area on this 2.4-mile walking route.
5. Blackwater Heritage State Trail (9.9 miles, Linear)
Following the former Florida and Alabama Railroad right-of-way, the Blackwater Heritage State Trail extends north from Milton, making it one of Florida's oldest rail trail conversions. While the 8.1-mile paved trail doesn't provide direct views of the Blackwater River, it roughly parallels the river, crossing some tributaries. At its northern end, the Military Heritage Trail extends 1.8 miles toward the NAS Whiting Field east gate.
6. Blountstown Greenway (3.9 miles, Linear Distance 7.8 miles)
The Blountstown Greenway is an asphalt trail connecting the historic Apalachicola River town of Blountstown with community parks. Mostly shaded by dense upland forests, the trail covers 3.9 miles, linking Sam Atkins Park on the town's western edge to Neal Landing on the Apalachicola River.
7. Cady Way Trail (Linear 7.5 miles)
The Cady Way Trail enters downtown Orlando along the former South Florida Railroad line, serving as a practical bike path within its green corridor. Connecting Audubon Park, Baldwin Park, Winter Park, and Goldenrod's communities and parks, the trail also links residents to the Orlando Fashion Square shopping center. Offering shade in residential areas but less in industrial zones, the trail acts as a transportation corridor and a gateway to the longer Cross Seminole Trail.
8. Florida Trail, Dunnellon (2.3 miles, Linear)
Paved to serve as a connector between the Cross Florida Greenway and the Withlacoochee State Trail, the Dunnellon Trail spans a scenic bridge over the Withlacoochee River. Continuing into the expansive floodplain, the trail provides a dry passage for pedestrians amidst the splendid swamp forest scenery. The straight-line route between trailheads is 2.3 miles, totaling 4.6 miles for a round trip, with potential additional mileage through nearby Blue Run Park.
9. Florida Trail, Okeechobee To Okee-Tantie (3.8 miles)
A shorter paved section of the Florida Trail between Okeechobee and Okee-Tantie, this segment is a popular destination due to its convenient accessibility from both ends. The Cliff J. Betts Recreation Area in Okeechobee is an attractive spot for anglers and those seeking panoramic views of the lake. The 3.8-mile paved trail, also suitable for cycling, offers birdwatching opportunities, with benches along the way for walkers of all ages and abilities.
10. Lake Seminole Park (2-Mile Loop)
Lake Seminole Park, a family-friendly outdoor destination in the densely populated southern Pinellas County, boasts numerous sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds, and a public path leading to Lake Seminole. Paved paths offer one or two-mile loop options, featuring scenic areas with benches. Accessible for over a decade, the park has developed into a part of the Riverwalk in Jupiter, including a completed 2.5-mile section.
11. Punta Gorda Harborwalk (2.3 miles, Linear)
Stretching west from Peace River to Charlotte Harbor, the Harborwalk connects five parks along the way. From Trabue Park near the hospital (mangroves) to Fishermen's Village at the western end, the coastal land was once owned by Colonel Isaac H. Trabue, the town's namesake. The Harborwalk links these parks with the city's docks, playgrounds, recreational facilities, sculptures, and memorials. You may find quiet corners to watch dolphins leaping through the waves.
12. Walsingham Park (3.5-Mile Loop)
Walsingham Park, a 350-acre wooded oasis surrounding Walsingham Lake in Largo's suburban area, offers a family-friendly destination with multi-use trails, a dog park, playground equipment, and fishing docks.
As we wrap up this enchanting electric skateboard odyssey, we've traversed Florida's mountains, rivers, lakes, and coasts, savoring every moment of the ride. From mountain trails to coastal boardwalks, each route paints a unique canvas of Florida's distinctive beauty. Whether chasing the thrill of adventure or immersing in the embrace of nature, these electric skateboard routes have scripted an unforgettable journey. Let's leave our mark on the sun-kissed trails of Florida, as we continue to carve out stories with our electric skateboards.