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Reported: June. 2012, latest update: Nov. 2016

South Lake Trail... Scenic Central Florida Biking

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The 13-mile South Lake Trail, centered in Clermont, FL, is a particularly scenic ride, with views along Lake Minneola and other lakes and sweeping vistas on the sand ridges. The trail connects with the West Orange Trail to create 36 miles of continuous Central Florida bike riding in Lake and Orange Counties. The trail will comprise a portion of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail when links are completed. (Detailed map and photos below.)

The eastern end of this Central Florida biking trail runs along the central Florida sand ridge and sports the highest elevations of any rail-trail in the state, with many hills for a more challenging ride. The central portion (also called the Minneola Scenic Trail) runs through Clermont along Lake Minneola and popular Clermont Waterfront Park. To the west, a 2015 extension along CR 561 and 565A to Groveland includes two bridges. A nearby on-road trip is to tackle Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point in Central Florida at 312 feet above sea level (this is a popular motorcycle route, be careful).


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Location: Lake County (Clermont)
End Points: Groveland (Silver Eagle Rd.) to Clermont Waterfront Park to Killarney Station (West Orange Trail)
Mileage: 13 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 14'
Trailheads/Parking: Clermont Waterfront Park, Minneola Park Trailhead (CR 561 to old Hwy. 50), Killlarney Station (West Orange Trail) (See detailed map, left)
Bike Shops/Rentals: Clermont (see links above right)
Nearby Points of Interest: Florida Citrus Tower, Sugarloaf Mountain, Walt Disney World, Bok Tower Gardens

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Comments by Mudfish: Road bikers seem to enjoy the hills this trail offers.
Groveland to Clermont Trailhead
In early 2015 a 3.5 mile trail extension was opened, running between Clermont and Groveland as part of construction on the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.
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Trail end at
Silver Eagle Road, Groveland
Trail bridge Mostly parallels the road, but with a wide buffer. Lake Hiawatha Preserve West Lake Minneola Trailhead
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Trail bridge Entering Clermont
city limits
West Lake Minneola trailhead Lilly's on the Lake for refreshments and bike rentals Clermont
Waterfront Park
Clermont Trailhead to Minneola Trailhead
Clermont Waterfront Park on Lake Minneola has restrooms, picnicking, swimming area, and fishing piers. Minneola Trailhead Park has parking, ball fields, basketball court, playground, picnic areas. A pleasant shaded ride, this is one of the few trails with streetlights.
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Clermont Waterfront Park Fishing pier
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Picnic Beach Bikes & Boards rentals
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Trail leaving Clermont Waterfront Park toward Minneola Trailhead Minneola Trailhead Park
Minneola Trailhead to Killarney Station (West Orange Trail)
This section features open vistas and some challenging hills on the sand ridges. The hills and more challenging biking make this a popular location for triathletes in training - the Hancock Extension leads to the National Training Center. The ride can be strenuous, be sure to bring water and a power snack. The 1.5 mile section west of Killarney Station is shaded with some nice hills and turns.
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The sand hills are a more strenuous ride Flattening out
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Crossing CR 455
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Pleasant, more shaded section Approaching Killarney Station

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More information on the South Lake/Minneola Scenic Trail (links open in new window):

- Lake County - South Lake Trails System

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