West Orange Trail

Oakland, Florida 34760

West Orange Trail

West Orange Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The West Orange Trail passes through a mix of developing and rural Florida, a few miles west of metropolitan Orlando along the borders of Lake Apopka. Though the lake can only be seen in a few places, its influence is a major part of the history of the communities along this trail. At one time the most polluted lake in the state, Lake Apopka is making a comeback due to the efforts of the regional water management district and the state legislature.

Once part of a thriving citrus industry, the area’s growth and the suburban and urban connections to the trail have replaced most of the citrus trees except in a few areas around Winter Garden. This is Florida’s only rail-trail that boasts a sign indicating that you are approaching a hill and need to use caution. The constant changes in scenery and the relaxed atmosphere of the towns along the way make this a great outing. Surface: Asphalt; 14 feet wide. Location: Orange County."

West Orange Trail Reviews

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10/15/2010
An excellent, leisurely ride through 1890's Florida. This is really a perfect ride filled with history, beautiful old homes built by original settlers, and gorgeous views. There's so much to see and do in the Killarney-Oakland-Tildenville-Winter Garden leg of the Trail. Read my illustrated blog post here: http://jimmyboi2.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/biking-the-west-orange-trail/ Thanks!
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It was a 2 hour ride from St. Pete I-4E to 27N, East on 50. Very hilly west of Winter Park, flat-ish, east of it. I did 34 miles following the hilly trails and 'legs' to the west. I will be back to finish the 12+ (x2 to come back) going East. Winter Park has 2 bike shops, one french restaurant, and one family restaurant, all downtown, along with a nifty Railroad museum.
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2/18/2008
It was a great ride, beautiful sceanery, well maintained!
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1/14/2007
great rail 2 trail, did first 10 miles on rental road bike from bikes & blades and equipment in very good shape. great way to see the real florida as I had been staying at a resort and wanted to see the real florida and got to see a good cross section. the trail went thru winter garden which gives you a great look at a small community and then back out where you can cruise at nice speeds on the bike
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1/26/2002
After some initial difficulty finding the trailhead in Apopka and eventually finding my way to the Horsemans Park Trailhead, I was able to begin riding. I went backwards up to Apopka first and was rewarded with a beautiful ride through a canopied trail. I met up with a rider from the Florida Freewheelers who offered to ride rode along with me to the other end of the trail. He gave me a guided tour. The trail is very diverse with a lot of twists and turns and even a few "hills". It goes through what appear to be old Orange groves, tall pine forests, and stands of Oaks, along with the housing plans and even a golf course. I found the fencing along the golf course that is designed to stop you from errant golf shots to be unique. I ran into a lot of people out on the trail and they all were very courteous, most would smile and say hello back to you. I stopped at a few of the Outposts along the way and picked up a trail map that is very informative and quite useful. All in all, the trail is very enjoyable and a must ride if you are in the Orlando area.
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11/17/2001
I have been using the trail on a regular basis since June for training and recreation. It has a lot of scenery changes along the way and has regular water stations and facilities along the way. There are also bike rental stations and playgrounds, the best being at Chapin Station about half way through the trail, 1.6 miles east of Winter Garden. The trail begins in Apopka but the best place to put in is at the horsemans park about three miles south. From there it is mostly rural riding for about 9 miles until you reach the outskirts of Winter Garden. Once in Winter Garden the trail takes you straight through town with a few great places eat (Downtown Browns) that treat you well during your visit. Roadies need to slow down through here because of all the walkers, children, vehicles, etc. Heading east you come to Oakland, aptly named due to all the Live Oak found there. It has only a few brick or paved streets and they like it that way. It is a great throwback to easier times. From there you can crank it back up if you like and reach the Lake/Orange County line in a few miles. There are several road crossings so pay attention, not everyone loves cyclists. For my serious training rides I get out early, by mid morning it is getting pretty active and will stay that way till dusk. I can get a little frustrating because many have not learned the rules regarding staying to the side of the trail, especially the bladers. In almost every occurence, be it biker, runner, or blader, the trail hog has a set of headphones on and thinks they are the only ones out there. Its all I have for now
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Trail Information

Oakland
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
19
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Open all year
Best Times
Skating
Additional Use
Orange County Parks and Recreation
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Sep 2018