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Cady Way Trail
Cross Seminole Trail
East Central Regional Rail Trail
Kissimmee Trail Loop
Little Econ Greenway Trail
Orlando Urban Trail
Shingle Creek Trail
South Lake Trail
Auburndale-TECO Trail - The Auburndale-TECO Trail runs 6.5 miles from the Van Fleet State Trail's Polk City Trailhead to Lake Myrtle in Auburndale. Open vistas and fewer people make this a nice extension for faster road bikes. The section south of the Polk City trailhead is the most shady section. The middle portion runs along power lines with little shade and at first parallels a road (set back with a wide buffer), before turning off the road and going through a largely rural area. At the south end in Auburndale, the trail leaves the power lines and runs through Myrtle Park to the end at Denton Avenue.
End Points: Polk City to Auburndale
Mileage: 6.5 miles
Location: Polk County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Fantasy of Flight, Water Ski Museum and Hall of Fame, Legoland
City of Auburndale Parks and Recreation
Cady Way Trail - This urban trail from Orlando's Lake Druid Park, past the Fashion Square Mall to trail end at Howell Branch/Hall Roads where it connects to the Cross Seminole Trail. Two parks in Winter Park (Cady Way and Goldenrod) have parking and restrooms along with recreational facilities; rest stops with benches, and water fountains are located regularly along the trail. Portions parallel Baldwin Park (the former Orlando Naval Training Base). The bridge over busy route 436 is a bonus.
Cross Seminole Trail - 23 mile trail (when completed, two gaps need to be filled) from Lake Mary to Orlando, with links to the Seminole-Wekiva Trail at the north and Cady Way Trail at the south. Two bridges - over busy SR434 and at Mitchell Hammock Road - are a plus. A portion of the trail is designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail.
East Central Regional Rail Trail - when done, the 52 mile trail will extend from Enterprise to Titusville and Edgewater. The trail also is part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. Three segments are completed: 8 miles from Green Springs Park in Enterprise to Guise Road in Osteen (bridge over SR415); 4 miles at Edgewater from theh SR442 bridge to Rotary Park, and 15 miles from Maytown to Titusville. Currently, trailheads at Green Springs Park, at the SR415 bridge, at the SR442 bridge, and at the I-95 underpass at Mims.
Kissimmee Trail Loop - The 12-foot paved path is about 7 miles, creating a loop that connects to the Shingle Creek Trail at two points - at Hoagland Boulevard (south) and at Warbird Boulevard (north). Once known as a cattle town, Kissimmee today is better known for its proximity to Walt Disney World, with accommodations, restaurants, and attractions
Lake Apopka Loop Trail - a Florida eco-biking destination. The trail runs about 18 miles along the north shore of Lake Apopka in Orange and Lake Counties. Lake Apopka was once a fishing paradise but pollution from farming, citrus plants and sewage caused it to deteriorate. The land was purchased and a restoration project is in process, the loop trail was suggested as a means to bring people close to appreciate the lake and support its restoration.
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge - a Florida eco-biking destination. Popular for bird watching (especially in the winter, Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLeon Springs, Florida, is an excellent Florida eco-biking destination with over 15 miles of trails for hiking and biking.
Little Econ Greenway - Popular with bikers, runners, and skaters, this suburban trail runs along the Little Econlockhatchee River. Though centrally located, the trail offers an outdoors experience with river views, scenic bridges and wildlife viewing - osprey, ibis, and red-tailed hawks, plus turtles and alligators can all be sighted here. Access to canoe/kayak trails, picnicking, playgrounds, butterfly garden.
Orlando Urban Trail - The Orlando Urban Trail marks a big step in Orlando becoming a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly city, linking businesses, restaurants, shopping, parks, cultural sites, and residential neighborhoods. The trail runs from Downtown Orlando to the northern city line at Mead Garden in Winter Park.
Seminole State Forest - a Florida eco-biking destination. This pristine and quiet area is surprisingly close to urban areas - 15 miles west of Sanford and east of Eustis. The hard-packed dirt and stone roads make this one of the easier forest rides.
Seminole-Wekiva Trail - Build on bed of the former Orange Belt Railway, the suburban trail passes through semi-rural areas (check out the cows) while also passing shops and restaurants. The underpasses at Markham Woods Road and route 434 is a real bonus for crossing this very busy intersection. Part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.
The Shingle Creek Regional Trail is a joint project involving participation by Orange County, Osceola County, City of Orlando, and City of Kissimmee. When completed, it will total 32 miles and be part of a larger trail network that will reach from Kissimmee to Wekiva Springs State Park, including portions of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. Some segments in Orlando and Kissimmee are already completed but need to be linked; others are under construction or planned.
South Lake Trail - The trail runs 13 miles, centered in Clermont, FL, along scenic Lake Minneola and connects with the West Orange Trail to create 36 miles of continuous Central Florida bike riding in Lake and Orange Counties. Part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.
Spring-to-Spring Trail - Envisioned as a 26-mile recreational trail linking Lake Monroe to Gemini Springs to DeBary Hall, four unconnected paved segments are currently completed totaling about 22 miles. Connects to the East Central Regional Rail Trail at Green Springs Park - from Lake Monroe Park to Green Springs Park it's part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.
The SR415 Trail runs along SR415 in Seminole and Volusia Counties from the East Central Regional Rail Trail (ECRRT) to the St. John's River, and eventually will link to the Sanford Riverwalk. A dedicated multi-use trail, it was built as part of the widening along SR415 and new bridge over the St. John's River - serving as a great model when similar road projects are undertaken. Though not a destination trail, it's popular with locals and we include it for its interesting features: link to the ECRRT, Beck Ranch Park, and St. John's River bridge crossing.
Van Fleet State Trail - a Top 10 Florida bike trail. The General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is a totally rural, 29 mile trail with one curve and no hills. The rail-trail runs on an old Seaboard Air Line Railroad right-of-way through the Green Swamp, the headwaters of the Withlacoochee, Ocklawaha, Hiilsborough and Peace Rivers and an important contributor to Florida's aquifer.
West Orange Trail - a Top 10 Florida bike trail. Popular for all types of biking, West Orange Trail is a world-class rail trail through urban and suburban sections of Orange County. Winter Garden, FL is an prime example of how a well-maintained rail-trail can revitalize an "old Florida" downtown. The western terminus at Killarney Station connects to the South Lake Trail. The trail also comprises part of the 250-mile Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.
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