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Little Econ Greenway...

Scenic East Orlando, FL Biking

Popular with bikers, runners, and skaters, this 7.9-mile urban trail runs features a section along the Little Econlockhatchee River ("Little Econ"). Though centrally located, this East Orlando bike trail offers scenic river views and wildlife viewing - wading birds, osprey, ibis, and red-tailed hawks, plus turtles and alligators can all be sighted here. The downside is almost no shade. Blanchard Park is the focal point, with many recreational and nature activities on its 84 acres. Future links planned to University of Central Florida, and to Cady Way and Cross Seminole Trails. (Detailed map and photos below.)

Little Econ Greenway, Orlando biking

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Location: Orange County (Orlando)
End points: Alafaya Trail to Forsyth Road.
Mileage: 7.9 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 14'
Trailheads/Parking: SR 50 Trailhead (on north side of SR 50 just east of Goldenrod Road); Blanchard Park (1 mile north of SR50 east, on Dean Road); also, parking available at the Arcadia Acres and Econ Soccer Complexes, and on Harrell Road (just north of SR50). (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: University of Central Florida, Blanchard Park, City of Orlando

Bike Shops / Rentals:

David's World Cycle (East Colonial)

Little Econ Greenway... Comments and Photos

A large part of the Little Econ Greenway is very scenic, with lots of water views (canal and river). Another positive is that in the center section, while the trail intersects several major roads, there are few road crossings, but rather underpasses - from Goldenrod to Roush Roads is five miles with one road crossing at Harrell Rd. One negative is there is very little shade. With waterways and underpasses, most of the trail east of Blanchard Park is the most popular section for recreational bikers.


Biking the Greenway, from West to East

 

Short, Future Link at Cady Way Trail

Few people are aware of this tiny section of the Little Econ Greenway. A mile-marker (LEG - 000) designating the "official" beginning of the Greenway is located at the juncture of Cady Way Trail and Baldwin Park Street  It parallels Baldwin Park Street east for about 1/4 mile to SR436, before ending. Eventually, this short segment will link to the rest of the Greenway at Forsyth Road.


Forsyth Road to Goldenrod Road

This section of the Little Econ Greenway is more of a neighborhood trail. It starts at Forsyth Road with little fanfare (no parking), though eventually the link from the Cady Way Trail will go through this spot. The trail follows Partridge Lane along basically a wide sidewalk and past residential neighborhoods, before crossing a bridge over wetlands to Goldenrod Road where it's necessary to cross two streets - Goldenrod Rd. and Liverpool Blvd. The trail follows Goldenrod a short way before turning off and running along a small canal. (Updated: Dec. 2017)


From Goldenrod Road to Harrell Road

Section updated: Dec. 2017

Goldenrod Road to Arcadia Acres

After turning off Goldenrod, the trail goes past residential neighborhoods then gets more scenic as it follows a canal and river. Parking is available at Arcadia Acres soccer complex.


 

Loop - Arcadia Acres to SR50 Trailhead

An option on the Little Econ Greenway at Arcadia Acres is to follow the loop around to the paved trailhead (off SR50 just east of Goldenrod) - parking and picnic pavilion. The parking area is at a dam site - 5 dams were constructed for flood control and are seen along the trail.


 

Arcadia Acres to Harrell Road

The loop can be avoided by riding past the soccer complex to a bridge over the river. Continuing along the trail is more parking at the Econ Park Soccer Complex, then a nice ride along the river to another parking area at Harrell Rd.


From Harrell Road to Blanchard Park

Section updated: March 2018

Harrell Road to Econlockhatchee Trail

Past Harrell, a bridge crosses the Little Econlockhatchee River linking to residential neighborhoods. The trail continues along the river before going under the SR417 expressway. Past SR417 is an open ride, including a stretch along power lines, before arriving at the underpass at Econlockhatchee Trail (roadway).


 

Econlockhatchee Trail to Blanchard Park

Past Econlochhatchee Trail (roadway), the Little Econ Greenway (bike trail) becomes more scenic as it merges with the river, plus a loop past another dam. This is a pleasant ride along the water, with benches and picnic pavilions. Just after the Dean Road underpass, the trail arrives at Blanchard Park.


 

Blanchard Park

Blanchard Park is a great community asset, popular with locals, families, and recreational visitors for biking, walking, jogging and rollerblading. With sweeping views of the Little Econ River from its 87 acres, the park has access to canoe/kayak trails, parking, restrooms, water, picnicking, playgrounds, tennis, sports fields, and a butterfly garden. A bridge over a dam on the river gives a nice view and leads to some off-road trails. (A word of caution, there have been reports of crime in the area and it is not recommended to exercise alone or very early or late in the day.)


From Blanchard Park to Alafaya Trail

Blanchard Park to Rouse Road

Leaving Blanchard Park, the river turns to the north as the Little Econ Greenway continues straight past the YMCA and follows Jay Blanchard Trail to Rouse Road. From this point, the bike trail becomes less of a recreational trail and more of a commuter trail.  (Updated: March 2018)


 

Rouse Road to Alfaya Trail

After crossing Rouse Road, the Greenway continues along the roadway a short distance before going off road again. It passes behind University High School and then as a wide sidewalk along Lokanotosa Road to the terminus at Alafaya Trail. The University of Central Florida is a short distance up busy Alafaya Trail (bicycle lanes only, if you dare). Ultimately the trail will connect with the University. (Updated: Sept. 2015)

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