University Trail (Lakeland, Florida)

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University Trail
Length7 mi (11 km)
Location Lakeland, Florida, United States
Trailheads Polk State College, Lakeland campus
Florida Polytechnic University
Hiking details
SeasonYear round
Surface Asphalt

The University Trail is a 7 miles (11 km) trail which runs alongside University Boulevard, roughly paralleling interstate 4 in Lakeland Florida, running from the Lakeland campus of Polk State College to the campus of Florida Polytechnic University. [1] The trail is also sometimes called the Florida Polytechnic University Bikeway. [2]

Polk State College

Polk State College, formerly known as Polk Community College, is a public college in Winter Haven, Florida. It is a member institution of the Florida College System.

Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Polytechnic University is a public university in Lakeland, Florida. Created as an independent university in 2012, it is the newest of the 12 institutions in the State University System of Florida. It is the state's only public polytechnic university, and focuses solely on STEM education.

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References

  1. "University Trail Update" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  2. Taylor, Jessica Roberts (September 24, 2013). "POLK CITY PLANS PERSONAL BICYCLING CHALLENGE RIDE" . Retrieved April 5, 2016.