Close to downtown Orlando FL, multi-purpose Lake Baldwin Trail is a 2.5 mile paved loop around Lake Baldwin. The trail is surrounded almost entirely by the planned community of Baldwin Park with its self-contained Village Center (restaurants, Publix, etc.) next to the trail. On the opposite side of the lake, a short link connects the Lake Baldwin Trail to the Cady Way Trail, making Lake Baldwin a popular side-trip for longer distance bikers. The entire Baldwin Park community is bike and pedestrian-friendly. Along with Celebration and Lake Nona, this is a new vision for people-friendly and bike-friendly urban planning. Through its link to Cady Way, the Baldwin Park Trail provides safe, off-street access to neighborhoods, schools, and parks. (Map and photos below).
Lake Baldwin Loop Map
Location: Orange County (Orlando)
Mileage: 2.5 mile loop around Lake Baldwin, link to Cady Way Trail
Surface: Asphalt, 14 feet
Trailheads/Parking: Baldwin Park Village Center, Lake Baldwin Park, Veterans Memorial Park (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Village Center, Downtown Winter Park, Downtown Orlando
With the connecting Cady Way Trail, this is a great all-purpose trail for anyone living near downtown Orlando or Winter Park. Road bikers can ride for over 40 miles by connecting to Cady Way (7.5 miles), which merges into the Cross Seminole Trail (23 miles), which connects with the Seminole-Wekiva Trail (17.5 miles), which is part of the evolving 250-mile Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. The Baldwin Park Village Center (lakeside park and pier) is a pleasant diversion, with a growing selection of restaurants and plenty to keep kids busy.
The area around Lake Baldwin is maintained as a conservation area by the City of Orlando. Parks accessible from the trail include Lake Baldwin Park (dog-friendly), Veterans Memorial Park, and Blue Jacket Park. For a longer recreational ride, link to the Cady Way Trail, which connects to the Cross Seminole Trail.
Here, photos of the Lake Baldwin Trail begin at Village Center and go counterclockwise around the lake.
There are two ways to access the Lake Baldwin Trail from the Cady Way Trail (marked in
orange on map)... (1) at Baldwin Park Road, a wide one-block connector leads from Cady Way Trail to Lake
Baldwin Lane where it crosses the road to the Lake Baldwin Trail, and (2) a 1-mile connector (unofficially,
the "Lake Susannah Trail") begins at the intersection of State Rd. 50 and Lake Baldwin Lane and crosses the
Cady Way Trail just past Roush Ave. The connector continues straight past Cady Way and then bends to skirt
the shoreline of Lake Susannah, before bending back and ending at the Lake Baldwin Trail.
With bike lanes and mostly quiet streets, the entire community is bike-friendly.
Lake Baldwin Park, 23 shady acres along the Lake Baldwin Trail. Most of the acreage is fenced dog park, but also parking, restrooms, picnic tables, playground, boat launch, and short pier.
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