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Lake Fran Bike Trail, an off-road bicycle and walking path, connects Poppy Park and Lake Fran to the Dr. J. R. Smith Neighborhood Center. It is part of system of trails, bicycle lanes and residential street signed bicycle routes which connect 20 schools, housing projects and parks. Approximately two miles long, the path provides a place for people to walk, run, and ride their bikes or roller blade removed from the danger and noise of vehicular traffic. Amenities along the way, such as benches, drinking fountains, shade trees and pavilions make it even more comfortable and enjoyable. There are ample opportunities to observe various forms of wildlife around the shores of Lake Fran. Trail users may see a variety of birds, including a pair of American Bald Eagles that have a nest nearby.

Review Coming Soon

Editors Note: This is information is from the "Florida Department Environmental Protection" a full oTown Cycling review is coming soon...

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:05:49 -0400
Orlando Urban Trail http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/199-orlando-urban-trail http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/199-orlando-urban-trail Orlando Urban Trail

The Orlando Urban Trail also known as the "OUT" is a new addition to the city's bike/walk system. The first segment has been completed, and runs from Magnolia to Princeton. This portion is known as the "Dinky Line" segment as it runs along the former railway bed. The Orlando Urban Trail will eventually stretch from Lockhaven Park in Winter Park, all the way down to South Street in the Central Business District. Running mostly along side the existing railroad tracks. With hopes and plans to one day, officially connect it to the Cady Way Trail. Making the Orlando Urban Trail an integral part of the Centrail Florida Trail system.

Segments of a north-south urban trail initiating from Downtown Orlando have been in the City’s Growth Management Plans since the mid 1980s.

The trail will play an important transportation function by connecting to three Sunrail Stations including the station at Florida Hospital, the Historic Church Street Station, and the station at the Region’s Transportation Hub, Lynx Central Station.  The trail will also connect Orlando’s Cultural Corridor by linking the core of the Downtown and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with the region’s cultural park, Loch Haven Park, 1.5 miles to the north. The overall
corridor will be 4 miles from near the Amway Center to Mead Garden adjacent to the northern Orlando City Limit.

The northern segment is referred to as the "Dinky Line", which is a tribute to the historic nickname of the former rail line to Winter Park. The construction for most of the northern segment, starting at Magnolia Avenue and continuing north, is now complete. On Thursday July 12, 2012, 5:30pm, at Loch Haven Park next to Mennello Museum (900 East Princeton St) Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 3 City Commissioner Robert Stuart and District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan officially opened the first segment of the Orlando Urban Trail from South Lake Formosa Drive to Magnolia Avenue.  The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony at Loch Haven Park followed by a free community 5K and 1 mile run/walk with approximately 800 neighborhood residents participating.

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The Orlando Urban Trail will serve as an important transportation connection that will eventually link three of the four SunRail stations in the City of Orlando.

“Since I became Mayor, I have stressed the need to focus on transportation and giving our residents options outside of their automobiles,” said Orlando Mayor Dyer.  “The completion of this segment of the Orlando Urban Trail project accomplishes just that and connects our community to multi-modal transportation alternatives.”

This portion of the Orlando Urban Trail will also link Orlando’s Cultural Corridor by connecting the core of Downtown and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with Loch Haven Park and its cultural facilities.  

“We have been focused on revitalizing Loch Haven Park into a regional cultural arts destination, making this trail and its links even more vital to connecting our community,” said District 3 City Commissioner Robert Stuart.  “In addition to the trail, the City was just awarded a grant from the National Endowment that will help us further this vision and continue to solidify the area as a hub for arts and culture.”
 
The new section of the trail adds to the City’s more than 280 miles of urban trails, signed routes and lanes.  It includes landscaping to provide shade and way finding signage to accommodate walkers, bicyclists and skaters.  The new trail further enhances recreation options with wide paved paths and provides a free public asset to help citizens stay fit and get exercise while exploring explore Orlando.

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“Completion of this new pedestrian and bike path provides an increased quality of life for everyone who lives in this area of our City, providing a safe amenity for our families and residents to utilize and enjoy,” said District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan.

Once complete, the entire Orlando Urban Trail will eventually connect from Mead Garden in Winter Park through Downtown Orlando encompassing the Dinky Line and Gertrude’s Walk and then extending southwest to connect with the Shingle Creek Trail and into Kissimmee.


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The segment of the trail in Downtown Orlando is known as Gertrude's Walk and exists from Church Street to Washington Street parallel to the railroad tracks through Downtown.  This segment was renovated in 2010, but was originally developed by Bob Snow in the 1970s and 1980s era of the Church Street Station Development.  A Design-Build Trail Project to extend the trail from Washington Street to the Lynx Central Station at Livingston Street is scheduled to start in late 2012.

Initial planning efforts on a 0.75 mile missing gap from Lynx Central Station to Magnolia Avenue near the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce have been completed and funding is being sought for the completion of the segment. The focal point and game changing project component of this segment is the trail overpass across SR 50.

Orlando Urban Trail Plan PDF Orlando Urban Trail Plan Concept

The final, and honestly less clear expansion is east from Lockhaven Park to the Cady Way Trail which was recently extended to Druid Lake Park at Coy Dr. Druid Lake Park itself is only a recent acquisition of the city and is currently still under construction. The trail map currently shows the connection as an "On-Street Route", which leads me to believe that it will be a considerable amount of time before a formal, paved trail, links the two downtown trails.

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Editors Note: Thanks to Cassandra with the City of Orlando for assisting with the information and content of this article.

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:20:04 -0400
Lake Druid Park & Orlando Mountain Bike Park http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/203-lake-druid-park-orlando-mountain-bike-park http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/203-lake-druid-park-orlando-mountain-bike-park Lake Druid Park & Orlando Mountain Bike Park

Mountain bike enthusiasts will soon have a new place to enjoy their hobbies in the City of Orlando. Earlier this week Orlando City Council approved efforts to use grant money to develop and maintain a mountain bike park that will feature a pump track and trails through the woods. The park is located in the Coytown neighborhood of District 4, at the former Orlando Naval Training Center property, now owned by the City and commonly known as "Area C."

Located at 899 Coy Drive
Orlando, FL
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These improvements will be created by the Orlando Community & Youth Trust, using a grant awarded to it by the Winter Park Health Foundation, as well as volunteer labor coordinated by the City's Parks’ Division and an experienced mountain biking organization, the Ocala Mountain Bike Association, Inc. (OMBA), which has an active membership group in Orlando. The park is tentatively scheduled to open in the late Summer/early Fall of 2012.

This park land was acquired through the Federal Lands to Parks Program of the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service. This location at the corner of Coy Drive and Jamie Circle is currently closed to the public. Plans are underway to transform this former Navy base property into a mountain bike park at a date to be determined.

Final Design Concept

As of 6/22/2012 The Pump Track Section has been installed and the rest of the work should be underway soon. We will do our best to keep this updated but for the most up to date info check out the Orlando Mountain Bike Club's Facebook page.

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Thu, 03 May 2012 19:30:28 -0400
Lake Ivanhoe Trail & Gaston Edwards Park http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/202-lake-ivanhoe-trail-gaston-edwards-park http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/202-lake-ivanhoe-trail-gaston-edwards-park Lake Ivanhoe Trail & Gaston Edwards Park

The Lake Ivanhoe Trail is located within the Gaston Edwards Park at 1236 N Orange Avenue and consists of a ten foot wide path along the east side of Lake Ivanhoe. Along with the new, wider path, new trash cans and benches have been installed in the park. A set of exercise stations has also been included in the updated park along the trail. The trail is approximately .75 miles long and will connect to the Orlando Urban Trail in two locations via sidewalks, one is along Magnolia Avenue and the second is at Highland Avenue.

It's Complete! The crews are done, the trail has been cleaned and the Lake Ivanhoe Trail is officially open for traffic! Its a great addition to the Orlando Urban Trail network, so be sure to check it out!


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Some of you may recall the plan to extend the trail on the west side of Lake Ivanhoe... That appears to have been was scuttled by Mayor Buddy Dyer in 2005 after some angry College Park residents voiced fears about problems with parking, traffic, water quality and crime. We've mapped out a route that you can take to loop around the lake. It's certainly not as nice as an official trail, but it will have to do for now.

Gaston Edwards Park is one of Orlando's most noticeable and popular parks. It is on Lake Ivanhoe and is visible from I-4 as part of the northern gateway to the City. The park borders the lake and is 6.2 acres in size. Edwards Park is popular with local water-skiing and jet-ski enthusiasts as well as sand volleyball patrons, picnickers and the local lunch crowd. The park is close to downtown on North Orange Avenue across from "Antique Row" and close to other popular shopping areas. Leashed pets are allowed at all City parks, but not in playgrounds or athletic fields. Please clean up after your pet.

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Thu, 03 May 2012 16:35:36 -0400
Gertrude's Walk http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/201-gertrudes-walk http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/201-gertrudes-walk Gertrude's Walk

Gertrude's Walk in Downtown Orlando is a bike/walk trail that has been recently renovated with new lighting, an upgraded concrete pathway and beautiful new greenery. It has a rich history and is a great addition to the Downtown Orlando trail system.


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Back in the late 1850's the city was being surveyed by Mr. Sweet he was, at the time, responsible for the city planing. He decided that its largest street should bare the name of his daughter, Gertrude Sweet (1863-1945). She was once named "The most beautiful woman in Orange County". She was married to Henry Newell (1862-1940) and often played the piano in his orchestra. You can visit the site of their home at 225 East Robinson Street. The home has long since been demolished. On the site now is a large office building that is home to a multitude of businesses.

About 30 years later in the 1880's the railroad company purchased the land from the city to build railroad tracks that would allow connection of central Florida to the East Coast. These are the same tracks that still run through the city today. After the tracks were in place, the once large Gertrude Avenue was reduced to a small sidewalk and renamed Gertrude's Walk. It was left as it was for many years until it received a facelift in sometime in the 1980's; nearly 100 years after it was reduced from a grand avenue to a small sidewalk. It remained much as it was until its most recent rejuvenation in 2010 where it was regraded and surfaced, the old palm trees that ran in the middle of the path were removed and the lighting improved.


View Gertrude's Walk - Planned Expansion in a larger map

Gertrude's Walk is now part of a larger trail project; the Orlando Urban Trail. In addition to it's upgrades, Gertrude's Walk is also being extended. In its current form it is a short 3 blocks, running parallel to the railroad tracks, starting at Church street and ending at Washington. As part of the expansion it is planned to extend the walk south from Church St. for one block to South Street, and north 3 blocks to Livingston where it will meet the Lynx Central Station and join the Orlando Urban Trail when it is expanded south from its current end point at Magnolia.

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Editors Note: Thanks to Richard Forbes of the City of Orlando Historical Division for providing me with Gertrude's history.

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Thu, 03 May 2012 12:59:31 -0400
Shingle Creek Trail http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/124-shingle-creek-trail http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/124-shingle-creek-trail Shingle Creek Trail

Adjacent to major tourist attractions and growth areas, the Shingle Creek Management Area is the last remaining natural area of its size in southwest Orange and northwest Osceola counties. The District has restored portions of the swamp with funding provided as mitigation to offset wetland impacts associated with construction of the Central Florida Beltway and other surrounding development projects. Shingle Creek is the major water source for Lake Tohopekaliga, which is part of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and forms the headwater of the Everglades. Because of the land's significance to the Everglades, the Shingle Creek Management Area is featured site along the Everglades Trail. Go to www.evergladestrail.org.

 

UPDATE:

The City of Orlando, along with Orange County, Osceola County, and the City of Kissimmee are all doing preliminary engineering studies on the Shingle Creek Trail.

The City of Orlando specifically is currently performing a preliminary engineering study on the Shingle Creek Trail near our southwestern municipal boundary.  The study is being performed on a 2.25 mile segment of the trail from Oak Ridge Road to Sand Lake Road. The preliminary engineering study is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2012.

The existing and proposed Shingle Creek Trail segments can be found on the City of Orlando Trail plan.

Addtionally, As part of President Obama's "America's Great Outdoors" initiative the federal government put out a report detailing great conservation and recreation projects for the Department of the Interior to provide assistance, which included the Shingle Creek Trail. The "America's Great Outdoors" report includes the Shingle Creek Trail and provides a more detailed description of the entire trail corridor.

We will be sure to update you with more infomraiton as this project proceeds forward, Until then please enjoy the trail in it's current state. Read on to find out more!

 


 

There are several ways to enjoy the property. You can hike the nature trail or paddle* the creek behind Hunter’s Creek Middle Creek School. Bicycling is another popular activity on the four miles of power line dirt roads linking the Middle School trail to the Hunter's Vista subdivision. An additional three miles of hiking trails are located within the east and west pine islands. A picnic shelter with tables is located at the east pine island. Finally, you can take a very short hike at the Marriott Trail. At this time, the Marriott Trail provides limited access to the management area and visitors are encouraged to use one of the other access sites.

Cypress, gum trees, and wet prairies that ring pine islands are evidence the land stays mostly wet. A variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, alligators, wild turkey and wading birds thrive in the Shingle Creek corridor. Bring your fishing pole, bicycle, binoculars, or canoe. Either way, you'll get a good look at the initial headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem.

Directions
Hunter's Creek Middle School entrance: 13400 Town Loop Boulevard Orlando, FL 32837: One-half mile west on South Town Loop Blvd. from John Young Parkway in Hunter's Creek. Enter the school property at the school bus access road. Parking is available behind the school along the chain-linked fence. The Middle School access is open only during non-school hours, weekends and holidays.

Power line entrance: where the power lines cross Tarragona Dr, Orlando, FL 32837: Parking is available at Vista Park in the Vistas Neighborhood of Hunter’s Creek on Hunter’s Vista Blvd. Go west approximately two miles on Town Center Blvd. from John Young Parkway to Hunter’s Vista Blvd. Turn right onto Hunter’s Vista Blvd. Travel north approximately one mile to the parking area located on the left at Vista Park – just passed Flora Vista Way. To access the trailhead, follow the signs and walk north 1/3 mile along the power line easement to the management area.

The Marriott Trail entrance: 11501 International Drive, Orlando, Fl 32821: The trail is about 1/2 mile south from Central Florida Parkway and three ¾ miles north from State Road 417 on International Drive at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort. Enter the resort and parking is available at the tennis courts (third right). You will see the boardwalk leading to the trail.

Trail Guide & Map

Recreation Area Map

Reference Bird List

Editors Note: This is information is from the "South Florida Water Management Agency" a full oTown Cycling review once the new trail is completed.

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:05:59 -0400
West Orange Trail http://otowncycling.com/west-orange-trail http://otowncycling.com/west-orange-trail West Orange Trail

The West Orange Trail - When completed - will be a 36 mile, multi-purpose recreational green-way with a 14 foot wide paved surface to be enjoyed by cyclists, skaters, hikers, joggers and more. Horseback riding is also available adjacent to a large portion of the trail.

Major ActivitiesWalkingHikingBikingMountain BikingInline SkatingEquestrianWheelchair

I've riden this trail many times, and it is definitely one of my favorites. Its currently 22 miles long and starts at Killarney Station and ends at Welch Road in Apopka.

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Trail Snapshot

Trail: 22 miles, paved (asphalt 14' wide)
Phase 1: extends 5 miles from the Lake County line to Winter Garden
Phase 2: - runs 14 miles from Winter Garden to US441 in Apopka
Phase 3: - extends 2.7 miles from downtown Apopka to Welch Road
Our Trip: 30-40 miles - We ride almost the entire trail from Killarney Station in the south to a rather unceremonious end around mile 15 to 20 in Apopka and then return to Killarney Station.

Difficulty:

Easy - Moderate The trail itself is easy to ride with only a few hills, while riding 44 miles in one day requires a moderate level of fitness.

Thumbs Up and Down

Thumbs up:

 

  • This has to be the best developed and supported rail trail anywhere
  • 4 "Stations" and one park along the trail provide playgrounds, water, soda machines, and a lot more
  • 5 "Outposts" provide parking, and some picnic areas and water fountains at select sites
  • Bike rentals are available at Killarney Station at the beginning of the trail
  • Winter Garden, an exceptionally clean and quaint little town offers several quality places to eat, drink. There are even two bike shops if you want to stop and get something along the way!
  • Scenery is diverse - From urban to rural, there is a little bit of everything.
  • Many attractions along the way. You'll want to stop at the Oakland Nature Preserve, Xeriscape Butterfly Garden in Tildenville, Heritage Museum in Winter Garden as well as virtually every Station along the way.
  • Water coolers are placed along the trail at several points in the northern half where its more rural

 

Thumbs down:

 

  • As with most small towns, everything is basically closed on Sundays
  • Because there are plans to extend the trail, it ends unceremoniously in front of a McDonalds (queue sound effects)
  • A few sections just south of Apopka run through impoverished areas

 

Lessons learned:

 

  • Saturday is the best weekend day to go. Many shops and restaurants were closed on Sunday.
  • For a shorter ride start at Killarney Station (mile 0). The best sections of trail are found from there to about mile 14.
  • An ideal 10 mile ride would be from Killarney Station to Winter Garden and back
  • A section of Forest Road in Apopka serves as the trail for about two blocks, Don't go this way. Cross the street and keep going!

 

Nuts N' Bolts

Location:

Oakland to Apopka, Florida

Facilities:

The trail's "stations" are more full-featured facilities while "outposts" provide limited amenities. Rest shelters, water fountains, rest rooms and cold drinks at all "Station" stops and plenty of opportunities for water and food.

Access and trailheads:

Access is available at numerous points along the trail "Outposts" and "Stations" provide ample parking. See map for locations. Below are two popular access points.
Killarney Station: (mile 0) From Orlando, take SR 50 west past Winter Garden. After you pass the Florida Turnpike, look for Killarney Station on your right near the county line between Orange and Lake counties. Bike and In-line skate rentals available. (407) 877-0600
Winter Garden Station: (mile 5) From Orlando, take SR 50 west to 9th Street in Winter Garden. Take a right (heading north) until you reach CR 438 (Plant Street). Take a left, and head west until you reach Winter Garden Station.
Oakmonte: Located at the southwest corner of the I-4 / Lake Mary Blvd. intersection.

Admission:

Free

Activities:

Biking, skating, walking, jogging, hiking, horseback riding

Bike Shop(s):

Rentals are available at:
Killarney Station Phone: (407) 877-0600
Abbotts Bike ShopWinter Garden, Phone: (407) 654-0115

Contact:

Orange County Parks and Recreation Department. West Orange Trail - Chapin Station, 501 Crown Point Cross Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787 Phone: 407-654-5144

Connections and Destinations:

The Seminole Wekiva Trail connects four parks: Westmonte Park, Sanlando Park, the Seminole County Softball Complex and Sylvan Lake Park (via a sidewalk connector); two schools: Heathrow Elementary and Wilson Elementary; and provide access to Wekiva Springs River Nature Preserve. The Seminole Wekiva Trail now connects to the Cross Seminole Trail via the I-4 Trail Overpass in Heathrow. This trail connection is part of the master plan goals to create a 40-mile continuous paved trail that will connect Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Longwood and Winter Springs to the Orange County trails system. Contact: Maintenance - (407) 788-0405, Planning - (407) 665-2093

Maps and Links:

West Orange Trail Brochure

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:47:32 -0400
Cady Way Trail http://otowncycling.com/cady-way-trail http://otowncycling.com/cady-way-trail Cady Way Trail

The "New" Cady Way Trail is a joint venture between the counties of Orange, Seminole, Oviedo and Orlando Utilities Commission.

In it's original form the trail ran for 6.5 miles, Stretching from the Fashion Square Mall to the Cady Way Park. But over the years it's been expanded considerably.

The "NEW" official trail head starts at the currently under construction Lake Druid Park, Which when completed will be a Mountain Bike Park. From there it runs along OUC's utility lines that wrap around the Baldwin Park neighborhood and border some older more depressed neighborhoods.

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Official State Trail Guide

As it continues north east, the trail becomes more rural, still winding through neighborhoods, bust they are old and well established ones. The trees have grown over the years and now cover the trail with a nice canopy.

Around the 6.5 mile mark you will come to Cady Way Park. This is the first of two rest stations along this trail. It has rest rooms, water fountains, pick nick areas, a pool and baseball courts.

The trail for this period is two lane, a larger lane on the left for cyclists and skaters and a smaller one tot he right for walking and running. Of course, you do occasionally have people on the "wrong" side.

At the 12 mile mark the trail merges to one lane as you cross SR 436. At this point you are at the first major grade change. The "South Semoran Bridge. It's a nice suspension bridge and offers cyclists a chance to climb, and of course you can build up a considerable amount of speed on the down hill side.

The trail continues to wind along until you reach the second and final rest facility on the trail, Goldenrod Park, It's part of the and has restrooms and a water fountain.

From there you are now starting on the Cross Seminole Trail and it heads to the worst part of the trail, the Aloma Ave and Howell Branch Rd./Hall Rd. intersection. For some reason the trail changes from the east side of the road to the western side of the road here. So you have to cross not just Hall Rd./Howell Branch Rd. but then Aloma Ave as well. They are both very busy streets, not ones you can really "sneak" across. Be sure to use the pedestrian walk signals to get across and be patient, it can sometimes take a while for the lights to change.

After that the trail is mostly quiet and even more rural. Though none of it has the same canopy cover as the Orange County section, it's newer and better maintained.

The SR417 intersection is not so bad, it has a dedicated crossing light and though it's not as quick to change as the Bennett Rd. intersection, you can usually sneak across fairly easily.

The Trail continues along for another 3 miles rather the same as it has been. They have completed the pedestrian/trail bridge that crosses Red Bug Lake. The trail currently ends at West Broadway Street, they are working on extending it across W Broadway to connect you to the Cross Seminole/Wekiva Trail. But as of now that's the end of the trail.

If you like to take on a few extra miles I've found a few nice extensions that I always do, and when you combine them all it makes for a nice 40 mile round trip. Adding an additional 20 miles to the trails.


View Cady Way Trail - Extension in a larger map

Beginning from the newly added Orlando Urban Trail, you start where the railroad tracks cross Magnolia St. near the Ivanhoe intersection and follow the trail as it goes along the tracks up to Farris Ave. From here you can ride up through the Highland Park neighborhood on the Orlando Urban Trail. (I am currently mapping out an updated trail to work in the entire Orlando Urban Trail, Once its done I will update this article.) Make a left on to Webber St. and cross over Mills Ave continuing along following Webber until you reach Bumby Ave. You'll need to make a right onto Bumby and then your first left to Jamie Cir. Right through the neighborhood and make your first left on Coy dr. At the end of the road the county has just completed another short section of the Cady Way Trail that runs between Druid Lake and the adjacent neighborhood. It's a little sketchy looking here but harmless. You can follow this path all the way to the official trail head, it's very nice!

Once you are on the trail you will see just after Lake Baldwin Ln that you have the option to go straight or turn right. Going right will allow you to continue on the official trail. However, if you go straight you can take the Baldwin Park trail that loops around the lake. This will add an additional 4 miles to your ride. I usually do it twice, once at the start of the ride and once on the way home.

At the end of the trail, where they are currently working on the bridge, if you are brave you can cross Red Bug and SR426, follow the bike path that runs with the road for .34 miles, and you will see a small path off to the right. It's quite random and does not look like anything at all. But it is a nice little cycling/walking trail that continues up through Oviedo for an additional 2 miles before it ends at South Central Ave in "Downtown" Oviedo.


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The future plans to connect the trails to the Little Econ Trail and the Seminole Wekeiva Trail will allow riders to enjoy over 100 miles of connected trails across central Florida. It's quite exciting!!

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:45:38 -0400
Lake Minneola - Clermont Trail http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/120-lake-minneola-clermont-trail http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/120-lake-minneola-clermont-trail Lake Minneola - Clermont Trail

Lake Minneola Scenic Trail/Clermont Trail Though these were actually constructed as separate trails, one is a direct continuation of the other along the same lake. This is a very pleasant, mostly urban trail, with higher hills than any other rail trail in Florida. Though they’re only on the east end, and don't really require very much effort, they can still produce some fast speeds on the downhills. The lake views on the western side are spectacular during sunsets and very pretty the rest of the time. Though subject to high winds during storms, this is a nice trail for all levels of riders and will become particularly attractive for long rides when connected to the West Orange Trail in the east and General James A. Van Fleet State Trail in the west. This is also one of the few trails with streetlights on most portions.

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Major Activities
walkingHikingBikingMountain BikingInline SkatingWheelchair

Trail Length/Surface: 3.1 miles, paved
Fee: None
County: Lake
Nearby Towns: Clermont, Orlando

Notes: 
About .6 miles west of the Clermont Public Beach and Trailhead, the trail enters a cement and brick promenade. The asphalt trail appears to end at the promenade, but you can continue until the trail turns into a cement sidewalk that takes you a short distance away from the lake and up a hill before resuming. It continues on to the Western Trailhead.

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Click here for printer-friendly map and description (PDF 325 kb).

Access/Directions:

Western Trailhead
Located in Clermont near Lake Minneola.

Minneola Trailhead
From Clermont, take CR 561 to Old Highway 50. Take a right (heading east) and follow until you see signs for the trail.

From Orlando, take SR 50 west to US 27. Take a right on US 27 (heading north) and continue to Old Highway 50. Take a right (heading east) and follow until you see signs for the trail. 

Contact Information: 
Lake County Public Works
Engineering Division
123 North Sinclair Avenue
Tavares, FL 32778
352-235-4900

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Trails Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:05:06 -0400
General James Van Fleet http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/125-general-james-van-fleet-trail http://otowncycling.com/trails/item/125-general-james-van-fleet-trail General James Van Fleet

The Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. This rail-trail is one of Florida’s most rural. It runs through the Green Swamp, the headwaters for some of Florida’s most canoed rivers, the Withlacoochee (South), Hillsborough, and Peace. Landscapes include the natural environments associated with the Green Swamp, former citrus lands and cattle ranches. With only one curve in its 29.2 miles, you can choose to go slow and view the wildlife or enjoy it at a brisk pace. The trail has excellent wildlife viewing opportunities between Green Pond Road and Bay Lake Road.

Locator

Major Activities
Hiking Walking Biking Mountain BikingInline Skating
Equestrian Wheelchair

Trail Length/Surface:29.2 miles, paved

Fee: None

County: Lake, Polk, Sumter

Nearby Towns: Clermont, Polk City, Lakeland

Notes:
Some areas of the trail are quite remote and isolated. Be sure to bring plenty of water.

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Access/Directions:

Mabel Trailhead
From Clermont, take SR 50 west to the trailhead approximately 5 miles past the intersection with CR 565/Bay Lake Road. 

Bay Lake Trailhead 
From Clermont, take SR 50 west to CR 565/Bay Lake Road. Turn left (heading south) and follow the road until you reach the trailhead on the left at the intersection with the trail.

Green Pond Road Trailhead 
From Clermont, take SR 50 west to SR 33. Turn left (heading south) and follow SR 33 until you reach Green Pond Road. Take a right (heading west) and continue until you reach the trailhead. 

From Lakeland, take Interstate 4 East to Exit 20 (new Exit 38) for SR 33. Follow SR 33 through Polk City and north to the intersection with Green Pond Rd. Turn left (heading west) and continue until you reach the trailhead. 

Polk City Trailhead
From Lakeland, take Interstate 4 East to Exit 20 (new Exit 38) for SR 33. Follow SR 33 into Polk City and look for trailhead at intersection with CR 665.

Contact Information: 
General James A. Van Fleet State Trail
P.O Box 41
Mascotte, Florida 34753
(352) 516-7384
http://www.FloridaGreenwaysAndTrails.com


Editors Note: This is information is from the "Florida Department Environmental Protection" a full oTown Cycling review is coming soon...

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