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West Orange Trail

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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. The trail links to the South Lake Trail, which together are part of the 250-mile Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. (Detailed map and photos below.)

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Location: Orange County
Mileage: 22 miles; at Lake County line, link to 9-mile South Lake/Lake Minneola Scenic Trail, Clermont
Surface: Asphalt, 15'
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
Nearby points of interest: Towns of Oakland and Winter Garden, Oakland Nature Preserve, Winter Garden Historic Museum, Lake Apopka, Wekiva State Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:

Bikes and Blades (Killarney Station)

Wheel Works (Winter Garden)

Spin City Cycles (Apopka)

West Orlando Trail... Biking Suggestions and Photos

We like the western-most 5 miles of the trail between Winter Garden and the trailhead at Killarney Station, with several interesting features plus restaurants and shops in Winter Garden. For some additional biking 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. "Outposts" and "Stations" along the trail provide parking and facilities, with the Stations more fully featured.


Killarney Station to Oakland

Killarney Station has parking, restrooms, water, playground and a bike shop (rentals, sales, repairs, and refreshments). Link here (about 1/10 mile) to the South Lake Trail. The old railroad bridge over Florida's Turnpike is a local landmark. At Oakland Nature Preserve are parking, water, picnic pavilion - park your bike to stroll the 6/10 mile trail and boardwalk leading to a pier on Lake Apopka. Serene Oakland is a charming town - several historic buildings remain 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. While the farm is not open to the public, animals can sometimes be seen in the fields along the trail, also including zebra, ostrich, and other exotic animals.


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 coast Bobby Bowden (the original owner/fan has passed away), and a section of old railroad track.

Oakland to Tildenville Outpost

Tildenville Outpost to Winter Garden


Downtown "Old" Winter Garden and Winter Garden Station

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. The clock tower and pavilion along the trail are central to many community events and activities. Winter Garden Station has parking, bike shop/rentals, restrooms, water, playground.

Nearby Eats: Many choices along Plant St.! We particularly enjoy Thai Blossom.

Downtown Winter Garden

Winter Garden Station

 
 

Winter Garden to Ingram Outpost

Heading out of Winter Garden the trail passes through suburban neighborhoods, past Ocoee High School, tunnels under the SR 429 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-Vineland Outpost

From Ingram Outpost, the trail then follows Clarcona-Ocoee Road about 6/10 mile before branching off-road to Apopka-Vineland Outpost (behind the Buddhist Temple) - parking, water, portalet, picnic, playground. At this point, the Florida Coast- to-Coast Trail turns off the West Orange Trail - a spur (about 2/10 mile) leads to Clarcona-Ocoee Road, a future connector to the Seminole-Wekiva Trail.

Ingram Outpost to Apopka-Vineland Outpost

Coast-to-Coast Trail Connector


Apopka-Vineland Outpost to Apopka

From Apopka-Vineland Outpost, continue north along the Apopka-Vineland Road about 1/4 mile to where the trail crosses at the traffic light.

 

At this point are two options:

Spur to Clarcona Outpost

Option 1: Continue along Apopka-Vineland Road, and ride the spur to Clarcona Outpost / Clarcona Horseman's Park. McCormick Outpost (parking, picnic) is along this spur. Clarcona Outpost has parking, picnic and water, and serves as trailhead for the equestrian trail.

Continue to Apopka

Option 2: Cross Apopka-Vineland Road and continue toward Apopka (about 4 miles). There's about one mile of relaxing tree canopy before emerging along Clarcona Road.


Apopka terminus

Continuing along Clarcona Rd. the trail goes under the SR414 toll road, then branches off along Old Apopka Road. From here, it parallels the road but with a wide buffer. At 13th St. it leaves Old Apopka Road and goes through a wooded area before emerging at 8th St. to S. Forest Ave. From here is a more commercial area. Approaching US441, a ramp goes up onto the bridge and crosses the busy road, then down a ramp back onto the trail.

Nearby Eats: Here alongside the trail is the Catfish Place, a local landmark serving southern-style seafood for more than 35 years.

To Apopka from the south

US441 Bridge to Apopka Station


Apopka Station to Trail End

Apopka Station has parking, restrooms, water, playground and picnic facilities. Past Apopka Station the trail passes parks and playing fields, winds through an alignment, past Apopka Middle School and on a boardwalk before going roadside at N. Park Avenue (which then becomes Rock Springs Rd.), continuing another 2 miles to the end at Lester Road. From here the trail eventually will continue to Kelly Park.

Apopka Station

Apopka Station to Trail End

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