If you are looking to get outdoors and get some exercise in the Orlando area, definitely check out one of the many bike trails in Orlando. The surrounding nature in Orlando is perfect to explore by bike. I had to think outside of the box. I was looking for things to do to stay healthy and occupy my time.
So one day I decided to dust off my bike and take a ride. That lead me on a journey to finding the beauty in my backyard. What I found was: miles on end of amazing bike trails that meander through lakes and wildlife, alligators, birding, and a rush of endorphins.
Many visitors and locals alike flock to the theme parks, not only for the thrill but also to stay active. However, if you want to stay active and take a break from Disney, and the thousands of tourists than trying one of these Orlando bike trails could be the perfect escape. These are a few of the best bike trails in Orlando, from an Orlando urban bike trail to some unpaved trails that make you feel like you are on a mountain bike trail.
Downtown Orlando Bike trails
Most people come to Orlando, and only see the theme parks. However, we have an amazing array of neighborhoods and urban bike trails that you can explore them. Here are some of my favorite.
Lake Baldwin Park Loop Trail-
Baldwin Park Lake is a youthful area, with a moderately trafficked loop trail. This 2.5-mile loop goes through a lakeside park shaded by large oak trees, an oasis from the bustling main street of the Baldwin Park Community. After your ride grab a cup of coffee from Tutto Cafe, and relax on the steps or by the dock by the Lake.
Length: 2.5 miles
Starting Points: Concrete, Asphalt
Trail Type: Loop Trail
Orlando Urban Trail
A great trail to get a different perspective of the city. This trail goes on high traffic streets, so I wouldn’t recommend the ride with children. The bike trail also has bike tools and workout areas along the route. It winds by several lakes, where you’re likely to spot turtles, blue herons, and other wildlife.
At its northern end, in Loch Haven Park, cyclists can find the science center, area museums, and the performing arts theatres.
Length: 2.6 miles
Starting Points: Magnolia Avenue and Dorchester Street
Trail Surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Orange County Bike Trails
Orlando is huge, but the Orlando area expands throughout Orange County. Just when you thought you finished one trail, you find another one to tackle. There are so many bike trails for cyclists to explore in the Orange County area you can change it up weekly. Whether you are cycling for leisure or a workout there is something for all levels.
West Orange Trail
Talk about a hidden treasure that was sitting in my backyard. West Orange Trail via Killarney Station is a 21.3-mile point-to-point trail located near Winter Garden, Florida that includes highlights such as a butterfly garden, a bucolic lake, the Oakland Nature Preserve and is good for all skill levels. This converted rail-trail offers several activity possibilities and is accessible year-round. Treat yourself to a latte at Axum Coffee in Downtown Winter Garden or a snack. By far my favorite because of the farmer’s markets on the weekend, and the mix between nature and cute suburban areas with southern charm.
Length: 21.3 miles
Starting Points: Killarney Station to Apopka Station
Trail Surfaces: Concrete, Asphalt
Trail: Point to Point
Windemere and Winter Garden for a Leisurely Bike Ride
Windemere and Winter Garden are cute areas to explore the towns by bike. Both towns have a downtown with boutiques, local restaurants, and are perfect for a leisurely ride. With parks and fountains bringing green space, this makes for a relaxing day. On a nice day if you want to enjoy the outdoors I recommend coming to one of these towns with your bike to enjoy the day.
Windemere has two parks, Central Park, and Lake Street Park that offer work out equipment in the park and lake views respectively. Also, one of my favorite local coffee shops in Orlando, Paloma Coffee Co. is a must for a pick me up.
Nature Bike Trails near Orlando Area
Little Econ Greenway Trail in East Orlando
The Little Econ Greenway trail is one of Orlando’s finest bike trails. It features riverside recreation, picnicking, wildlife watching, and canoeing. It also features a canal system that is perfect for adventures in the water. Whether on land or water, you can watch for wildlife, including osprey, red-shouldered hawks, turtles and alligators.
Length: 8 miles
Starting Points: N. Forsyth Road (near Partridge Ln.) and N. Alafaya Trail and Science Dr. (Orlando)
Trail Surface: Asphalt
Lake Apopka Trail
If you want an adrenaline-pumping adventure head to the Lake Apopka Trail a short 30-minute ride from Downtown Orlando. Here you will find a gravel trail with water on both sides, bridges, and alligator-infested waters.
While I was on this trail I saw over 20 alligators. I did this trail alone and almost instantly regretted it since there were so many gators that crawl up on the trail. Not for the faint-hearted.
Some notable stops along the way are the peacocks in Magnolia Park, and the Old Pumphouse that lies along the trail and Lake Apopka.
Length: 14.6 miles
Starting Points: Magnolia Park on Binion Road (Apopka) and Clay Island Trailhead on Carolyn Ln. (Astatula)
Trail Surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Seminole Wekiva Trail
The Seminole Wekiva Trail is part of the Cross Seminole Trail, and the Florida Coast to Coast Trail. The trail spans 17 miles after a recent expansion. The trail follows the historic Orange Beltway, at one time the longest railroad in the country.
It is moderately difficult but full of adventure as you roam through Lake Mary, Altamonte, and horse/ cattle county. Watch out for horse crossings, keep an eye out for some cool birds, and get ready for a long and beautiful ride.
Length: 17 miles
Starting Points: Altamonte Springs to Lake MaryTrail Surfaces:
Trail Type: Point to Point
Sadly, a pandemic drove me to rediscover this unique way to explore the Orlando area. But my new found love of cycling will carry on. I am a gym rat usually, but I hold so much more value in nature and getting outdoors even on my porch. I just wanted to share a few ways to get outdoors, unwind, and find the best bike trails in Orlando!