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Avalon Park is a planned community in Orange County, about 17 miles east of downtown Orlando. 16 miles of off-street trails run aside Avalon Park's main roads and through residential neighborhoods, with easy access to parks, schools, restaurants, and shopping. Similar to Celebration, Lake Nona and Baldwin Park, Avalon Park is built on the principles of "New Urbanism" - communities in which residential neighborhoods are within easy walking or biking distance of the town center. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Avalon Park Bike Path Map
Location: Orange County (East Orlando)
End Points: SR 50 to S. Alafaya Trail
Mileage: About 16 miles total
Surface: Asphalt, 12-14'
Trailheads/Parking: Avalon Mailer Trailhead, Tanja King Park (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: University of Central Florida, Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park, Fort Christmas Historical Park
Bike Shops / Rentals: N/A
Avalon Park covers 1,860 acres. Located in a somewhat remote but growing area of east Orange County, it is self-contained, more like a small city. The Econlockhatchee River runs just east of here, and Avalon Park contains 240 acres of wetlands, 400 acres of upland preserve, and 250 acres of man-made lakes. Many of the walking/biking trails pass by these natural areas, which makes for a more pleasant urban ride. While we don't rate this as a "destination trail," the pathways are wide and in good condition, so biking as a fun way to explore this planned community.
Here we start from the Mailer Blvd. Trailhead, visit the Town Center, and ride the Powerline trail to the Econ River - just a portion of the total biking available throughout Avalon Park.
Mailer Blvd. is located at the southern end of S. Alafaya Trail. The Trailhead is located next to Pinecrest Academy, with a section of the parking lot set aside for trail parking. The trailhead has restrooms, water, and a picnic table. The trail begins on Mailer Blvd. then turns north on Lake Live Oak Drive, through the Live Oak Village Neighborhood. This section of trail emerges at the Town Center at Avalon Park Blvd., about 3/4 mile. The Powerline trail (more below) runs off Lake Live Oak Drive, a block from Mailer Blvd., leading into the Hal Scott Preserve.
Centered around Founders Square and the Town Park, the Avalon Town Center has shops, restaurants, a supermarket and assorted businesses, plus a YMCA. Bike trails circle the parks and wide sidewalks run past shops, restaurants, apartments and businesses. A shorter loop (4/10 mile) circles Founders Square around a scenic lake, and a longer loop (1.25 miles) runs on Avalon Park Blvd. which splits into two legs around the Town Center.
From Lake Live Oak Drive and going south on Alafaya Park Blvd., the trail passes a few buildings but mostly runs through a wetland area, ending at S. Alafaya Trail (4/10 mile) - turn left. A wide trail runs roadside along S. Alafaya Trail, 1/4 mile to Mailer Blvd. then ending at a power station. Turn left on Mailer Blvd., the trail runs roadside past a wetlands, a residential community, and Avalon Park Middle School before arriving at Pinecrest Academy and return to trailhead (1/2 mile).
A paved trail runs east along a powerline. Entering off Lake Live Oak Drive, it passes through the Avalon Park South Village neighborhood for about 6/10 mile, with one road crossing. The pavement soon ends and an unpaved trail continues about 1/4 mile to a bridge over the Econlockhatchee River. Crossing the bridge, unpaved trail continues through sections of the Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park (created to protect the headwaters of the Econlockhatchee).
Avalon Park was developed by Avalon Park Group, a multi-national company which builds and invests in businesses ranging from master-planned community development to technology, healthcare, and industrials. Its projects are located over five continents. In Florida, there are four Avalon Parks - Orlando, Tavares, Wesley Chapel, and Daytona Beach - envisioned as healthy, sustainable communities which evoke an ideal of "Main Street America."
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