If you are looking for a beautiful paved trail in Volusia County, be sure to check out the one that runs from Gemini Springs Park in DeBary, to Lake Monroe Park in DeBary. It's a beautiful trail that offers a lot of nature, most of it is shaded from the tree canopy, too. Here's the info on this trail:
You can start it from Gemini Springs Park, or you can pick it up at 21 Dirksen Rd, where there is a parking lot specifically for the trail. You will add a little distance to it if you start from Gemini Springs, but if you start at that parking lot on Dirksen it's 2.5 miles to Lake Monroe Park (a 5-mile round trip bike ride). Or you can start from Lake Monroe Park and go to that parking lot (5 miles round trip) or to Gemini Springs (over 6 miles round trip). If you start it at Lake Monroe Park, you will find the trail begins at the back of the park, where there is a dirt road. There are signs back there where it begins. If you want to make it a longer ride you can also go longer, taking the paved trail past Gemini Springs for miles. But if you want to keep it to 5-miles, then go from the parking lot at 21 Dirksen to Lake Monroe Park, or from Lake Monroe Park to the 21 Dirksen Rd.
It's a 4.75 mile bike ride on the trail going from the parking lot at 21 Dirksen to Green Springs Park. However, for a couple of miles of it the trail does run alongside the main road.
The trail is so pretty! Lots of beautiful trees, nature all around, and when we took it today we saw rabbits, armadillos, and lots of different kinds of wildflowers. You can pack a picnic lunch and eat at one of the parks, or at one of the many picnic tables that are along the paved trail. This trail is stroller and wheelchair friendly, and you will find restrooms at both Lake Monroe Park, Gemini Springs Park, and at Green Springs Park. This paved trail is great for biking, running, or walking.
There is also a marked 5K distance out there for runners looking to do 3.1 miles. It starts at Lake Monroe Park (or ends there if you start from the other end).
Here are pictures from this great trail (the big alligator statue is at Lake Monroe Park):