The "TECO" part of the name refers to the Tampa Electric Company whose high tension wires run above you from mile 2 to mile 5.5 as seen in the photo below. The trail is paved, mainly flat, and in good repair. Swinging gates at every road crossing are open but for some reason allow for the trail to be closed off and locked. From here south, rest benches and mileage signs are spaced every half mile.
Around mile 5.5 you reach a small trailside park with the Playland Fitness Course structures for your use. There are also several blue water spigots available.
At mile 6 you reach Lake Myrtle Park with its numerous lighted baseball and softball fields, washrooms, water fountains, and tons of parking.
A fenced dog exercise park is next, and then the trail ends at mile 7 at the Lake Myrtle Trailhead (Denton Avenue and Jones Road) with parking, washrooms, and a picnic table.
To reach the Polk City/Van Fleet Trailhead, exit I-4 at exit 38 and head north on SR 33 to Polk City. Follow the brown signs for the Van Fleet Trail.