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Reported: Jan. 2011; latest updates: March 2015, Jan. 2017

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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. Here, bike shops and restaurants now abound. The Winter Garden City Hall fronts the trail and features a bicycle-art sculpture. The western terminus at Killarney Station (bike sales, repairs, rentals, rest rooms, snacks, playground) connects to the South Lake Trail. The trail will comprise part of the 250-mile Florida Coast to Coast Trail. (Detailed map and photos below.)


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End Points: Killarney (Old SR 50) to Apopka
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 detailed map, left)
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.

THE BEST TRAIL SECTIONS TO RIDE... and additional comments by MUDFISH

I recommend the western-most 5 miles of the trail, from old Winter Garden to the trailhead at Killarney Station (bicycle rentals, repairs, snacks, restrooms).

The bike trail has completely revitalized old downtown Winter Garden, which now features at least 2 bike shops, several restaurants, and a small but worthwhile history museum.

You'll find more interesting features along this section of the trail - an old barn pays homage to Bobby Bowden (retired FSU football coach), tall oaks laden with Spanish moss, quaint "downtown" Oakland, Briley Farm (where you might see some exotic animals, such as Watusi cattle, zebra, and ostrich), the Oakland Nature Preserve (0.6 mile trail and boardwalk leading to a pier on the lake), and an old railroad bridge over Florida's Turnpike.

For some additional exercise, go west past Killarney Station and ride the first 1.5 miles of the South Lake Trail to the stop sign at the first major road crossing. This short portion (narrow at first, but it soon widens out) is shaded and contains some nice hills and turns, rare for Florida. After 1.5 miles, this trail crosses a road and soon becomes a completely open suburban ride popular with road bikes (but not what I seek).

Another nice section centers around the trailhead off Apopka-Vineland Road, behind the Buddhist Temple. Ride north along the road about .2 mi. Here, the trail crosses at the light. After crossing, you have one mile of mostly beautiful, relaxing tree canopy (pictured below). Then you emerge once again along busy Apopka-Vineland Rd. (From here to trail's end north of Apopka, it is mostly open and parallel to roads.) Turn and ride back through the canopy, past the Buddhist Temple and you have another mile of shade, then about .6 mi. along Claracona-Ocoee Rd, then away from the road, you weave around a golf course, tunnel under a highway, pass through suburban neighborhoods (former orange groove) and into Winter Garden.

BOBCAT'S PHOTO GALLERY along the West Orange Trail
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NOTE: See more photos and details at www.bikeorlando.net

Killarney Station to Oakland
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Killarney Station   The bridge crosses
Florida's Turnpike.
Briley Farm
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Most unexpectedly, you may see African Watusi cattle, zebra, ostrich, and
other exotic animals grazing along the trail at Briley Farm, just west of Oakland
Oakland
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Serene old Oakland is a charming town draped in Spanish moss
Oakland to Winter Garden
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Moss-draped trail Old track An homage to Bobby Bowden and FSU is a trail landmark.
Downtown "Old" Winter Garden
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The trail is the focal point for the renaissance of this old Florida town
Winter Garden to Ingram Outpost
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Leaving Winter Garden Crossing at Division Street,  the only "hill" on the trail Approaching Chapin Station Chapin Station
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Along the trail Under SR 429 At Forest Lake Golf Club, a few golf balls do get over the fence! Ingram Outpost,
parking only
Ingram Outpost to Apopka
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Leaving Ingram Outpost, trail is along the road Trail splits off
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Trail at Apopka-Vineland Outpost Apopka-Vineland Outpost
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Leaving Apopka-Vineland Outpost Clarcona Horsemen's Park (Clarcona Outpost) Canopied one mile stretch from Apopka-Vineland Road toward Apopka Back onto the roadside
Apopka terminus
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Bridge at US441
in Apopka
Trail from bridge To Apopka Station Apopka Station

See more photos and details at www.bikeorlando.net

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More information on the West Orange Trail (links open in new window):

- Orange County Parks & Recreation -  West Orange Trail
- Orange County Parks & Recreation - West Orange Trail Brochure (.pdf)

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