Gasparilla Island-Boca Grande Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Lee County and Charlotte County, Florida. It is 6.4 miles long and begins at 2 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 36 feet. The South Beach Bar and Grill restaurant, the Lee County Sheriff's Office (elevation 3 feet) police, the Boca Grande Fire Department (elevation 3 feet) fire station, and the Lighthouse survey point can be seen along the trail. There are also a water, a flagpole, trees, grass, conservations, and a sand along the trail.
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"This was the first rail-trail built in Florida. It runs the length of Gasparilla Island on Florida’s southwestern coast through the town of Boca Grande. Gasparilla Island is a semitropical paradise filled with the homes of wealthy residents who care deeply about their trail. Traveling past stately homes, expensive shops, swaying palm trees, and streaking iguanas makes this a great outing. The terrain is flat, the vegetation next to the trail is lush, and there’s always something interesting to see. Indeed, you won’t have an opportunity to travel past so much wealth anywhere else in the state. Don’t expect cheap hamburgers or an inexpensive place to sleep. The beach is free, but everything else reflects the local population. You even have to pay a toll ($3.50) to get onto the island in the first place. Surface: Asphalt; a 10-foot-wide roadway with a 4-foot pedestrian trail winding around it. Location: Lee and Charlotte Counties."
--David Gluckman, Rails To Trails: Florida (The Globe Pequot Press).
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