This is the new section from Edgewater and Gobblers Lodge (east of Osteen) to the Brevard County Line. The two legs join at Maytown and head south to the county line and Brevard has completed the Loop all the was to Titusville. (Click the interactive map to the right for detail.)
The photos are of the part between Gobblers Lodge and Maytown... more to follow.
We finally got a chance to check out the newly opened trail section in South Volusia.... the new segment runs all the way from Gobblers Lodge (east of Osteen) to the Brevard County Line with another branch from Maytown to Edgewater - 22 miles in all! We checked out Gobblers Lodge to Maytown... a fabulous trail beautifully done! Congratulations to Volusia County, and all who worked to make it happen.
New trail amenities are already popping up - see photo of Vergie's Pit Stop on the Maytown spur. Stop by and encourage them by making a purchase! The Maytown Trailhead has 40 parking places! Very nice place to park... you can ride in 3 directions from this Trailhead - northeast to Edgewater, northwest to Gobblers Lodge Trailhead and south all the way to Titusville! We saw a number of people chalking up the miles along the way. Another idea for distance riders - Launch from Titusville and do an overnight in Edgewater - or the reverse. All off-road trail!
The gap west of Gobblers Lodge Trailhead to Guise Road remains a problem ... the county is working on a design for this section but for now we can't recommend a safe detour.
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Wondering what those mysterious blue signs are all along the trail? So in an emergency local responders can easily locate your exact positions - and a lot less cumbersome than lat/long coordinates. There are US National Grid Emergency Locator Markers (USNG ELMs) every mile along the new section of the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop in South Volusia. To locate your exact position, you only need to give approximate location and then read the 8 digits in white. Here's more info for USNG expert and advocate Al Studt:
The Emergency Location Markers employ the nation's land search & rescue standard coordinate system US National Grid (USNG). In the pictured example, the coordinate is 17R MM 9618 9011 which identifies a unique world-wide position of 33' x 33'. 17R is the Grid Zone Designator. MM is the 100 Km ID, 9618 is the easting. 9011 is the northing. The rules of USNG are to plot "right, then up". In words, the position is 18% right and 11% up is 1 Km grid square 96 90. To see this on a map, see this link: bit.ly/17RMM96189011 In addition to the ELMs, any trail user can identify their present position on or off of any trail with free web apps USNGAPP.org or FindMeSAR.com. For a video explanation see this link: http://bit.ly/trail-geolocation For more information about USNG, see this website: https://medium.com/@USNGFlorida