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Top 10...  West Orange 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 trail links to the South Lake Trail, which together will comprise part of the 250-mile Florida Coast to Coast Trail. (Detailed map and photos below.)

West Orange Trail Bridge

Mileage: 22 miles; 9 mile link on South Lake/Lake Minneola Scenic Trail to Clermont
Surface: Asphalt, 15'
Location: Orange County
Trailheads: Killarney Station, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland Outpost, Tildenville Outpost, Winter Garden Station, Chapin Station, Ingram Outpost, Apopka-Vineland Outpost, McCormick Outpost, Clarcona Horseman's Park, Apopka Station (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Towns of Oakland and Winter Garden, Oakland Nature Preserve, Winter Garden Historic Museum, Lake Apopka; Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld.

Bike Shops/Rentals

Bikes and Blades (Killarney Station)

Wheel Works (Winter Garden)

Spin City Cycles (Apopka)

BIKING AT WEST ORANGE TRAIL... Comments and Photos

We recommend the western-most 5 miles of the trail, from Winter Garden to the trailhead at Killarney Station with several interesting features, plus restaurants and shops at Winter Garden. For some additional exercise, go west past Killarney Station and ride the first 1.5 miles of the South Lake Trail - shaded and contains some nice hills and turns, rare for Florida.


Killarney Station to Oakland

Killarney Station has parking, restrooms, water, playground, and a bike shop for rentals, sales, repairs, and refreshments. Link here to the South Lake Trail. The old railroad bridge over Florida's Turnpike is a local landmark. Park your bike to stroll the Oakland Nature Preserve (0.6 mile trail and boardwalk leading to a pier on the lake). Serene Oakland is a charming town, bike along quiet streets to Lake Apopka.

Killarney Station to Oakland

Oakland


Briley Farm

Most unexpected along this section of the trail is Briley Farm. Watusi cattle are the focus - the farm is a member of the World Watusi Foundation. Zebra, ostrich, and other exotic animals can also be seen.


Oakland to Winter Garden

Leaving Oakland, pedal past tall oaks laden with Spanish moss. New development has changed the view through this area - homes built right along the trail. Some old "landmarks" along this section of the trail are also unfortunately deteriorating - an old barn paying homage to Florida State University and retired football coach Bobby Bowden (the original owner/fan has passed away), and a section of old railroad track. (Nov. 2017)

Oakland to Tildenville Outpost

Tildenville Outpost to Winter Garden


Downtown "Old" Winter Garden

Winter Garden is a prime example of how a well-maintained rail-trail can transform an "old Florida" downtown. As the focal point for the renaissance of this old Florida town, the bike trail has completely revitalized downtown Winter Garden, which now features at least two bike shops, several restaurants, and a small but worthwhile history museum. The new Winter Garden City Hall fronts the trail and features a bicycle-art sculpture. Park at Winter Garden Station (bike shop/rentals, restrooms, water, playground). The trail is central to many community events and activities.


Winter Garden to Ingram Outpost

Heading out of Winter Garden the trail passes through suburban neighborhoods, tunnels under the highway, and weaves around a golf course. Chapin Station is a great trail and neighborhood asset - main trail offices, parking, restrooms, playground, picnic/pavilions, playing fields, tennis, Path of Life gardens. Ingram Outpost has parking only.

Winter Garden to Chapin Station

Chapin Station to Ingram Outpost


Ingram Outpost to Apopka

From Ingram Outpost, the trail  then follows Clarcona-Ocoee Road about 0.6 miles before branching off-road to Apopka-Vineland Outpost (behind the Buddhist Temple). Continue north along the road about 0.2 mi. to where the trail crosses at the light. At this point is the option to ride the spur to Clarcona Horseman's Park, trailhead for the equestrian trail. After crossing Apopka-Vineland Road, you have about one mile of relaxing tree canopy before emerging once again along busy Apopka-Vineland Rd. From here to Apopka, the trail is mostly open and parallel to the roadway.

Ingram Outpost to Apopka-Vineland Outpost

Clarcona Horsemen's Outpost to Apopka


Apopka terminus

Entering Apopka is a commercial area, then the bridge spans busy US441. Continuing northbound is Apopka Station, with parking, restrooms, water, playground, and picnic facilities. Past Apopka Station the trail winds along an alignment before back on the road to the end along Rock Springs Rd. Formerly ending at Welch Road, it now extends to Lester Road and eventually to Kelly Park.

Apopka

Apopka to Trail End

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