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Reported: March, 2012; latest updates: March 2015, Jan. 2017

West Orange Trail... 
Winter Garden's Renaissance Bike 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. The trail runs from the Killarney Station trailhead on SR50 west of Oakland, through Winter Garden and to Apopka, ending at Welch Road. A spur at Killarney Station connects to the South Lake Trail. The trail also comprises a portion of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. (Detailed map and photos below.)

This multi-use Central Florida trail is popular for bicycling, in-line skating, running and walking. Due to its popularity, watch for children and crowded conditions. "Outposts" and "Stations" along the trail provide parking and facilities, with the Stations more fully-featured.


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Location: Orange County
End Points: Killarney (Old SR 50) to E. Welch Rd. (Apopka)
Mileage: 22 miles; 9 mile link on South Lake Trail to Clermont
Surface: Asphalt, 15'
Trailheads/Parking: 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
Bike Shops/Rentals: Killarney Station, downtown Winter Garden, Apopka (see links above right)
Nearby Points of Interest: Towns of Oakland and Winter Garden, Oakland Nature Preserve, Winter Garden Historic Museum, Lake Apopka; Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld

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Comments by Mudfish: My favorite section is the 5 miles east from Killarney Station - over the old railroad bridge at Florida's Turnpike, past Briley Farm, through old Oakland - to old downtown Winter Garden. Add another 1.5 miles (one way) by riding west from Killarney Station on the connecting South Lake Trail. This section is nicely shaded, adding some short hills, twists and turns.
Killarney Station to Oakland
Killarney Station has parking, restrooms, water, playground, and a bike shop for rentals, sales, repairs, and refreshments. Link to South Lake Trail. The old railroad bridge over Florida's Turnpike is a local landmark. Most unexpected along this section of the trail is Briley Farm where you might see some exotic animals, such as Watusi cattle, zebra, and ostrich. Park your bike to stroll the Oakland Nature Preserve (0.6 mile trail and boardwalk leading to a pier on the lake). Serene old Oakland is a charming town draped in Spanish moss.
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Killarney Station Playground at Killarney Station The bridge crosses Florida's Turnpike. Along the trail That's a big tree!
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Oakland Town Hall Benches and water station In Oakland Landmark water tower Trail at Tubb St. leaving Oakland toward Winter Garden
Briley Farm
Watusi cattle are the focus at Briley Farm, a member of the World Watusi Foundation.
Zebra, ostrich, and other exotic animals can also be seen.
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      Mudfish meets "Elvis"
Oakland to Winter Garden
Leaving Oakland, pedal past tall oaks laden with Spanish moss. We were somewhat saddened on our visit in early 2015 to see development coming to Oakland - homes being built right along the trail. Notable along this section are a butterfly garden, and an old barn paying homage to Florida State University and retired football coach Bobby Bowden; the original owner (and fan) has passed away, and unfortunately the structure and display are now starting to deteriorate.
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Pretty, tree-lined ride leaving Oakland Development along the trail (2015)
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Lake Apopka (short detour off the trail) Butterfly Garden Old track Along the trail An homage to Bobby Bowden and FSU is a trail landmark.
Downtown "Old" Winter Garden
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. Park at Winter Garden Station (restrooms, water, playground). The trail is central to many community events and activities.
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Gateway to downtown Along Plant St. Gathering place for entertainment or to sit and relax on the swings Cooling off at the fountain
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Winter Garden Station The Heritage Museum is located in the old railroad station Shops and restaurants Road bike race at Bike Fest
Winter Garden to Ingram Outpost
Heading out of Winter Garden the trail passes through suburban neighborhoods, tunnels under the highway, and weaves around a golf course. Chapin Station is a great trail and neighborhood asset, and houses the main trail offices. Ingram Outpost has parking only.
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Leaving Winter Garden Crossing at Division Street - the only "hill" on the trail Trail between subdivisions Approaching Chapin Station
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Chapin Station, the main trail office.
Parkiing, restrooms, playground, picnic/pavilions, playing fields, tennis, Path of Life gardens
Boardwalk
along the trail
Along the trail Ocoee High School-cows and gardens. The school has a  sustainable agriculture curriculum
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Under SR 429 Winding around Forest Lake Golf Club, a few golf balls do get over the fence! Approaching Ingram Outpost at Ingram Road Ingram Outpost - parking only
Ingram Outpost to Apopka
From Ingram Outpost, the trail  then follows Clarcona-Ocoee Road about 0.6 miles beforeo branching off-road to Apopka-Vineland Outpost (behind the Buddhist Temple) Continue north along the road about 0.2 mi. to where the trail crosses at the light. At this point is the option to ride the spur to Clarcona Horseman's Park, trailhead for the equestrian trail. After crossing Apopka-Vineland Road, you have about one mile of relaxing tree canopy before emerging once again along the busy road. From here to Apopka, theh trail is mostly open and parallel to the roadway.
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Leaving Ingram Outpost, trail along the road Crossing at
Clarke Road
Trail splits off from the road Toward Apopka-Vineland Outpost Trail at Apopka-Vineland Outpost
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Apopka-Vineland Outpost Leaving Apopka-Vineland Outpost Clarcona Horsemen's Park
(Clarcona Outpost)
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Canopied one mile stretch from Apopka-Vineland Road toward Apopka Back onto the roadside Trail at Keene Road Trail in Apopka
Apopka terminus
Entering Apopka is a commercial area, then the bridge spans busy US441. Continuing northbound is Apopka Station, with parking, restrooms, water, playground, and picnic facilities. Past Apopka Station the trail winds along an alignment before back on the road to the end along Rock Springs Rd. at Welch Road.
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Bridge at US441 in Apopka Trail south of bridge Trail north of bridge Toward Apopka Station
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Approaching Apopka Station Apopka Station North of Apopka Station Trail end on Rock Springs Road at Welch Road

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More information on the West Orange Trail (links open in new window):

- Orange County Parks & Recreation -  West Orange Trail
- Orange County Parks & Recreation - West Orange Trail Brochure (.pdf)

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