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The Orlando Urban Trail marks a big step in Orlando becoming a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly city, linking businesses, restaurants, shopping, parks, cultural sites, and residential neighborhoods. The trail runs from Downtown Orlando to the northern city line at Mead Garden in Winter Park. More photos, detailed map, and commentary below.

Starting at the north end of Magnolia Avenue near the Chamber of Commerce, the trail runs 3 miles along the rail line behind the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, to the cultural corridor at Loch Haven Park, and to Mead Garden. The section called the "Dinky Line" refers to the historic former rail line to Winter Park, on which the trail runs. Ultimately, the Orlando Urban Trail will connect to the southern end of downtown at South Street and the Amway Center, and will link to three SunRail Stations (Florida Hospital, Historic Church Street Station, Lynx Central Station). A link to the Cady Way Trail is also in future plans.


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Location: Orange County (Orlando)
End Points: Orlando (Magnolia Ave. at Weber St.) to Winter Park (Mead Garden)
Mileage: 3 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 14 feet; some portions on-road
Trailheads/Parking: Loch Haven Park, Gaston Edwards Park, Mead Gardens (See detailed map, left)
Bike Shops/Rentals: Orlando, Winter Park (see links above right)
Nearby Points of Interest: Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, City of Winter Park, City of Orlando

COMMENTARY and BOBCAT'S PHOTO GALLERY (hover over photo for larger view)

Comments by Mudfish: A beginning and worth a look! The history plaques along the trail are a great addition. We look forward to the planned connector to Gertrude's Walk and Church Street.
Loch Haven Park to Downtown Orlando
Loch Haven Park is at about the middle of the trail, and offers plentiful parking. Heading toward downtown, a bridge crosses Lake Formosa then the trail goes through a residential neighborhood. In this section, the trail follows the old Dinky Line rail bed. Crossing Princeton Street leads into an industrial area. At Ferris Avenue, the trail goes around Lake Highland Preparatory School, onto Lake Highland Drive, and ends at the beginning of Magnolia Avenue downtown. Later development will link to Church Street and the Amway Center.
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From intersection of Princeton Street and North Mills Avenue Toward Mennello Museum Bridge over Lake Formosa Entering Formosa neighborhood
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Trail through Formosa neighborhood Along Haven Drive Crossing Virginia Drive Between Virginia Drive and Ferris Avenue Crossing Ferris Avenue (Lake Highland Prep playing fields)
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Along Ferris Avenue, Orlando skyline in distance Approaching Lake Highland Drive
(Lake Highland)
Along Lake Highland Drive Magnolia Avenue looking toward trail, northbound from Weber Street Start of trail at Magnolia Avenue
Loch Haven Park to Mead Garden
Near Loch Haven Park are two intersections - crossing Princeton Street and crossing North Mills Avenue; the trail follows North Mills Avenue over Lake Estelle. A short section of trail runs next to Dorchester Street, then the trail goes on-road following Lake Shore Drive to Nottingham Street and Mead Garden. There is not a lot of through traffic in this area, but as always be aware and considerate of auto traffic and the residential nature of the neighborhood.
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Crossing Princeton Street at North Mills Avenue Trail along North Mills Avenue in front of Orlando Museum of Art Trail along North Mills Avenue
(Lake Estelle)
Corner, North Mills Avenue at Dorchester Street Trail along Dorchester Street
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On-road, intersection of Dorchester Street and Lake Shore Drive On-road, along Lake Shore Drive
(Lake Sue)
Approaching Mead Garden on Nottingham Street Bike path at Mead Garden Leaving Mead Garden, on-road back to trail
Lake Ivanhoe Trail - Gaston Edwards Park
Gaston Edwards Park is a popular recreational area on Orange Avenue along Lake Ivanhoe, close to restaurants and shops on Orlando's "Antique Row." A boat ramp allows launching onto Lake Ivanhoe, popular with water skiers and paddle boarders. The park has sand volleyball courts, and a fitness course. The Ivanhoe Trail segment links to the main Orlando Urban Trail via sidewalk at Magnolia Avenue or at Highland Avenue.
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Trail along Orange Avenue Along Orange Avenue, Performing Arts Center in background Along Lake Ivanhoe Boat ramp onto
Lake Ivanhoe
Loch Haven Park
Loch Haven Park is a main cultural center for Orlando, with the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Fire Museum, and Mennello Museum of American Art. The 45-acre park itself offers a pleasant respite, as well as access to the Orlando Urban Trail.
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Orlando Repertory Theater Orlando Science Center Orlando Museum
of Art
Loch Haven Park The Rocket Thrower, in memory of the Challenger astronauts

More information on the Orlando Urban Trail (links open in new window):

- City of Orlando, Bicycles and Pedestrians

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