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Orange Belt Trail

Pasco County begins a study to build a 37-mile multi-purpose trail from Trinity to Trilby

About the project

Pasco County is conducting a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study and Trail Segmentation Plan for the Orange Belt Trail (OBT). The OBT is a proposed regional multiuse trail spanning approximately 37 miles through Pasco County. The OBT will provide regional connectivity and enhance the existing and planned regional trail network by providing key connections to the Coast-to-Coast Trail, Starkey Trail, Suncoast Trail, and Withlacoochee Trail. In addition, the OBT will link communities such as Trinity, Odessa, Land O’Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and Dade City to help fuel economic transformation along the trail corridor. The trail is proposed to be a 12- to 14-foot-wide paved multi-use trail that will generally follow the path of the Orange Belt Railway. The OBT is envisioned to be off the roadway, where feasible, and follow natural features to the greatest extent possible. It will be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, and may even include equestrian accommodations in certain areas.

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Project Location Map

Project Location Map

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Public Workshops

One of the county’s goals for this project is to include Pasco County residents and potential trail users in the design of this trail from the beginning of the study. To promote community involvement, the county held two public workshops in December to hear from residents directly.

Both workshops consisted of the same information, so residents only needed to attend one. The workshops were in an open house format and informal. However, there was a short presentation about the project each night. For those who couldn’t attend at that time, the presentation and display materials are posted below:

We are still taking comments at this time and will have updates at future public meetings.

Some of the issues discussed at the workshops include:

  • Proposed path of trail
  • Locations of possible trailhead facilities
  • Logical starting and ending points of segments
  • Areas of concern by landowners around the proposed trail
  • Equity of access
OBT Public Meeting Photo

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