2020 Spring to Spring Family Fun Ride and Trail Celebration
The Second Annual Spring to the Springs Family Fun Ride and Trail Celebration happens on Sunday March 1, 2020. The ride begins at Lake Beresford Park in DeLand and finishes with a lavish BBQ, games and celebration at Blue Spring State Park. The event offers ride options from 8 to 35 miles mostly on trail through four of Florida’s most picturesque parks and springs. Riders of all ages and abilities will enjoy the safe and scenic paved trail as it winds from Lake Beresford Park to Blue Spring State Park with options for Lake Monroe, Gemini Springs and Green Springs Parks.
The Spring to the Springs Ride, hosted by the St Johns River to Sea Loop Alliance in partnership with Volusia County Parks and Blue Spring State Park, features West Volusia’s most beautiful trails, parks and springs. Last year’s ride included riders from 6 to 76 on all types of bicycles and even a cat in a carriage! Many prizes were awarded including bike gear, a refurbished child’s bike and gift certificates. This year will feature more prizes including an adult bike, a girls bike and more bike gear. Festivities will include a picnic at Blue Spring with smoked and grilled meats and plenty of sides.
Riders check in at Lake Beresford Park in Deland from 8:00 AM. Preregistration is now open online and is recommended. Children and casual riders will ride to Blue Spring picnic area for games and picnics. Longer options include a 3.5-mile gap in DeBary on mostly backroads although caution is required before riding on to up to three additional parks. Rest stops will be available at several places including Enterprise Museum. Longer options of up to 52 miles can be arranged.
“The ride will increase awareness of Volusia County’s Spring to Spring Trail, an ecotourism jewel that’s now part of the St Johns River to Sea Loop. The Loop is an emerging 260-mile multi-use Florida SUNtrail that runs from Titusville to DeBary to Palatka to St. Augustine and along the Atlantic coast to Titusville.” said Maggie Ardito, president of the alliance. “The Loop provides nonmotorized access to a natural and historic corridor featuring hidden treasures of Central Florida.”
The ride will benefit the alliance, a Florida 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission to advance, advocate, support, promote and protect the Loop. The alliance is a committed partner working state and county park and trail agencies, local towns, and supporters to fulfill the promise of the Loop. The Loop brings benefits of health, wellness, safety, sustainable environment, improved economy and equitable, active mobility for all. It brings the best kind of tourism that travels slowly and lightly and leaves dollars in local businesses. Those interested in helping are asked to email info@River2SeaLoop.org.
The alliance, in partnership with Titusville and Brevard County, will help advance the trail with the St Johns River to Sea Loop Summit as part of the Trail Trifecta in Titusville on March 18-21. Ardito expects participation from a wide range of partners and supporters including representatives from the five Loop counties (Volusia, Putnam, St. Johns, Flagler and Brevard), the Florida Department of Transportation, the Office of Greenways and Trails, economic development directors and planners. Those interested in supporting and advocating trails are invited to participate.
Visit River2SeaLoop.org for more information and online ride registration.