Lake Minneola Scenic Trail – North Hancock Extension
This project is located in the Clermont area and consists of new construction of a four-lane divided roadway to extend North Hancock Rd. from State Road 50 north past the Lake-Sumter Community College entrance to Old Highway 50. The work shall include the following: sidewalks, bicycle/pedestrian tunnel for the Rail Trail connection, 12,000’ bicycle trail from Lake-Sumter Community College to Mohawk Rd., chain link fence, street signs, and other miscellaneous incidental construction. The Lake County Board of County Commissioners has funded this project at a total cost of approximately $5,000,000.
This 21 mile corridor will be developed in four phases and when complete, serve as the link between the West Orange Trail and the General James Van Fleet State Trail. This trail will come in close proximity to schools and parks in South Lake County and connect the cities of Minneola, Clermont, Groveland, and Mascotte.
South Tav-Lee Trail
The project is a cooperative effort with the City if Tavares, Florida Department of Transportation, and the Lake County Public Works Department. The project will run from Main Street in Tavares to US 441 connecting to the Tav-Lee Trail currently under construction by the FDOT. Total distance is about 3,300 linear feet. The Lake County Public Works Department will manage the bidding and construction of the project. The project cost from the FDOT is $65,000.
South Lake Trail Phase II – Design Phase
This project connects the existing phase of the Lake Minneloa Scenic Trail to the County Line Trailhead in Orange County. The alignment will primarily follow the Old State Road 50 right-of-way. The project includes a Trail Overpass spanning the Florida Turnpike near CR 455. The multi-use trail will be paved, 15 feet wide and approximately 4.0 miles long. Project responsibilities will include the design, public involvement, engineering, and preparation of construction documents, permitting, construction support and construction services.
Lake Apopka Basin Greenways and Trails Master Plan
In 2001, the Friends of Lake Apopka initiated an effort to create a master plan of greenways, trails, recreation and ecotourism opportunities within the Lake Apopka basin. The master plan was adopted by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners in 2002. The purpose of the master plan is to create a linked framework of recreation opportunities around Lake Apopka that may be enjoyed by bicyclists, runners and hikers, boaters, bird watchers, fishermen and nature enthusiasts. It is anticipated the trail system ,in conjunction with key recreational and ecotourism sites, will connect to the statewide system of greenways and trails and will attract local residents and visitors from around the world to Lake Apopka and the surrounding communities.
The planned trail system and recreation sites will provide opportunities to enjoy beautiful vistas and views of the lake from the unique terrain of the area. Interpretive messages at key sites will raise a visitor’s awareness of Lake Apopka as an important natural resource.
To view a full version of the adopted master plan please click here.