Summary: This is a new, well maintained trail which follows the El Rio Canal between Glades road and Spanish River Boulevard in Boca Raton. It's paved and borders Florida Atlantic University to the east.
The trail features rest areas every so often under shade provided by the numerous trees. The wildlife includes the ever-present Gopher Turtle, some waterfowl and a Great Heron or two. There is also excellent fishing to do enjoyed from the banks of the canal.
As the trail meanders northwards, you get to cross a nice, old bridge about halfway down the trail with marvelous views up and down the canal and from which you can view the antics of the water tortoises who come up to sun themselves, depending on the time of day.
The trail ends just as you reach Spanish River Boulevard. As with most hikes in south Florida, be sure to bring lots of water on a hot day.
Trailhead: There is parking at the nearby Florida Atlantic University's guest parking spots and a short walk to the trailhead (Lat:26.36249 Lon:-80.0973)
Trail Guides for El Rio Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Boca Raton Parks and Recreation: 561-393-7811
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Frederic Woodbridge, III
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Reviewed by Cl on 11/14/2012
Nice trail but make sure to review parking instructions before you leave. At the entrance near Yamato there is no where to park. Very inconvenient.
Reviewed by JL on 4/11/2011
The trail is sort of broken up at the Yamato crossing. You have to cross both the road and the train tracks. The north and south parts of this trail are about 100 yards apart.
Reviewed by JL on 4/11/2011
this trail starts(for me) right by Glades Rd./El Rio Canal Bridge. this trail actually goes past Yamato, 1/4 mile past Clint Moore Rd. It is a nice trail for bicycling, walking, jogging etc. But the trail is not continuous, so you have to carefully cross several roads (20th St., Spanish river, Yamato & Clint Moore) along the way.
Reviewed by DC on 11/6/2010
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Reviewed by FB of Boca on 11/6/2010
It needs to be pointed out now that this trail has been extended north to go past the Embassy suites hotel and up even further north than that. Try the part that begins at Yamato road. Very peaceful. I don't know how it connects to the part that is near Glades road, though. Anyone?
Reviewed by AkA on 8/11/2010
I've "hiked" the Adirondacks,it's pretty hilly & mountainous. I have to let Joe know since he lives here & doesn't seem to think this is a hike,You're wrong! It's an awesome hike & Florida is pretty flat..For S. florida it's a great piece of adventure and nature trail. Where else do you get the sky view , the tranquility, birds, butterflies & bees buzzin'? As far as the kids going to school & buildings that's a 200 yard area this trail goes almost 2 miles one way,it all depends where you're looking and if the kids are coming and going for 20 minutes. I don't use the trail at those times of day anyway.It could use a touchup at the old bridge though...the woods getting old.
Reviewed by bigBass on 12/30/2009
for the fishing, you can catch all you want whenever you want back then, but now the waters have been trashed up and its not good anymore.
Reviewed by Florida Boy on 12/8/2009
Actually this trail is quite nice and I have to disagree with the person who lives across the street who sad the fishing is bad. Fishermen who fish these canals don't do so to eat what they catch and there are excellent peacock bass in there that make it worth the trip.
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