Trails, sidewalks and pathways are one of the most desired and popular open space features in new communities because they contribute to a healthy lifestyle, promote alternatives to automobile travel and create a high quality of life for residents. The trails network provides safe and convenient access to parks, natural open spaces, adjoining neighborhoods, schools, the Village Center, and regional destinations.
The trails network is designed to connect major destinations within the community. The network consists of a combination of hard and soft-surfaced trails that link major destinations within The Villages such as schools and village centers, providing links to destinations beyond the community boundaries like the regional equestrian facility.
Creating multiple looping routes within the community is an important objective of the trails network. Loops provide route choices to destinations, offer differing experiences along their alignments and allow users to fit a route to the time they have available and their recreational needs. They can choose short loops if time is a premium or they can choose longer routes to extend exercise or exploration. Each loop offers an experience different from other locations in the community. Users can customize their experiences to their desires by choosing specific loops.
In residential areas and the Village Center, trails reflect their urban context in surfacing and furnishings, while in natural areas, they are more natural and informal. The trails provide for a range of users groups including equestrians, bikers, runners and pedestrians, all of whom can enjoy the space together.