Last Updated: Thursday, December 22, 2016, 11:21 AM EST
Situated in Orange County, the current West Orange Trail is approximately 22 miles in length with trailheads located in both Killarney and Apopka. The trail is a multi-purpose greenway containing a 14-foot wide paved surface to be enjoyed by walkers, joggers, hikers, bikers and the physically challenged. Horseback riders will also be able to enjoy a parallel equestrian path five feet wide and ten miles long upon completion.
There are four main stations along the trail located in Killarney, Winter Garden, Chapin and Apopka. Each station provides parking, restroom facilities, bike racks, drinking fountains, picnic tables and playgrounds. Some also have concession stands and the station in Chapin has both basketball and tennis courts. Mile markers are situated along the trail every 1/10th mile to indicate your location which is helpful in case an emergency situation arises.
Running east from Killarney towards Oakland, the trail traverses the former Orange Belt Railway crossing the Florida Turnpike on a converted railroad bridge. In the town of Oakland you'll pass a beautiful nature preserve on your way into the historic downtown area. After passing through Oakland, you'll come upon a butterfly garden at the Tindenville Outpost as well as a building with a tribute to former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden.
Venturing further east along the trail you'll enter downtown Winter Garden where you'll ride along the previous path of the railroad in the median of Plant Street. In Winter Garden you can stop to take a tour of the Central Florida Railroad Museum to get a sense of the history behind the path you've been riding on. You could even stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants located along this stretch. From Winter Garden, the trail turns North and continues into Apopka.
A future exstention of the trail is planned to continue East along Welch Road to Wekiwa Springs State Park. When completed the trail is expected to be a total of 36 miles.
For our trek along the trail we decided to take the two-wheeled approach so we headed to Killarney Station to meet with the folks at West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades. The folks there have everything you need to enjoy your trip along the trail. From bike rentals for all ages to guided tours along the trail, Bikes and Blades does it all with a smile and for a reasonable price. Give them a call today to reserve bikes for your trip along this wonderful trail just northeast of Orlando.
Give West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades a call at (407) 877-0600 or visit their website today to make your reservations. They are located at 17914 SR 438 in Winter Garden.
For more information on the trail, visit the website.
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