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The Orlando Urban Trail marks a big step in Orlando becoming a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly city, linking businesses, restaurants, shopping, parks, cultural sites, and residential neighborhoods. To date, the trail runs about 5.5 miles, starting from the north at Winter Park's Mead Garden, through Orlando's cultural corridor at Loch Haven Park, through downtown Orlando. A new, currentely disconnected section to the south provides a link to the SoDo District and Orlando Health facilities. The trail links to SunRail stations at Historic Church Street, Lynx Central, Advent Health, and Orlando Health. The Orlando Urban Trail is an important part of the Orlando Downtown Loop. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Orlando Urban Trail Map
(with Trail Connectors shown)
Location: Orange County (Orlando)
End Points: Downtown: Magnolia Ave. at Weber St. to Church Street; South: Division St. from Gore St. to Michigan St.; North: Magnolia Ave. to Loch Haven Park to Mead Garden, Winter Park
Mileage: 5.5 miles to date
Surface: 12 feet, asphalt, concrete, short portion on-road
Trailheads/Parking: Loch Haven Park, Gaston Edwards Park, Mead Garden; Downtown street parking and parking lots (see map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, City of Winter Park, City of Orlando
A beginning for downtown Orlando FL, and worth a look! Popular with bikers, runners and walkers, the trail can be busy but not crowded. It's almost totally off the road, with one short section on-road. The section north of Magnolia Ave. includes more green space, while sections to the south are urban. The Colonial Drive Overpass in Downtown Orlando is a big plus. The history plaques along the trail are a nice addition.
Here we show the trail both south and north, starting from Loch Haven Park.
In this section, the trail follows the old Dinky Line rail bed - the historic former rail line to Winter Park. The trail here includes residential and business areas, parks and schools along with access to the cultural attractions at Loch Haven Park. It also links to routes leading to the Cady Way and Lake Ivanhoe Trails (see below).
From Loch Haven Park, cross Princeton Street. and follow the trail to the bridge crossing Lake Formosa to the south. The trail runs along Heron Drive through a neighborhood featuring original homes on one side and newer apartments on the other, ending at a shopping/restaurant area.
Crossing Virginia Drive leads into an industrial area. At Ferris Avenue, the trail meets Lake Highland Drive at Lake Highland Preparatory School. Link also from here to the Cady Way Trail (see below).
The trail follows Lake Highland Drive between the lake and Lake Highland Prep, continues along the railroad track past Highland Ave., and then comes to Magnolia Avenue. Proceed south on Magnolia to Weber St. Cross Magnolia Ave. at Weber St., being careful crossing this busy road.
The overpass at Colonial Drive (SR 50) is a big plus. Be very careful at cross-streets as traffic can be heavy, especially during the week. Public parking lots are available.
The trail then runs on the north side of Weber St. to Orange Ave. Go south (left) on Orange Ave. to Marks St., then cross to the west side of Orange Ave. This is a busy intersection - it has an interesting diagonal crosswalk but be careful. Continue along Orange Ave. to the ramp to thet Colonial Drive Overpass. Landscaping added in this section softens the downtown surroundings.
Take the ramp from Orange Ave. and cross Colonial Dr. on the overpass. Past here, the trail crosses Concord St. Continue to Amelia St. at the Lynx bus/SunRail train station (note: both buses and trains are equipped to carry bikes). Turn east (left) and cross the track to the crosswalk. Cross Amelia then continue south (straight) on the trail, paralleling the tracks to Livingston St.
This section does not yet provide directional signs, and there are several turns which can be confusing: Past the bus/train station, turn east (left) to the crosswalk. Cross Livingston St. and turn west (right), cross the railroad again and continue to N. Garland Ave. Turn south (left) on Garland and follow the trail, crossing W. Robinson St. At W. Jefferson St., cross the road and turn east (left) back to the railroad track. Look for the colorful mural - turn south (right) onto the trail along N. Gertrude Ave. and ride on Gertrude's Walk crossing W. Washington St., W. Central Blvd. and W. Pine St. to W. Church St. and current trail end. Church St. Plaza is a popular gathering spot with many restaurants. The sidewalks along Church St. are rideable but there may be a lot of pedestrians, watch for cars in the road.
To the south and currently not connected to the trail at Church St. is an extension along S. Division St. from W. Gore St. to W. Michigan Ave. This provides a link to the SoDo District, SunRail and Amtrak service, and Orlando Health facilities, with a spur along Columbia St. The trail (formerly a narrow sidewalk) follows S. Division through a business and industrial district with multiple road crossings and business entrances, so bicyclists will need to stay alert.
Here the trail runs past Loch Haven Park roadside along N. Mills Ave. and Dorchester Road, then goes on-road heading to Winter Park/Mead Garden.
Near Loch Haven Park are three intersections - Princeton Street, Rollins Street, and North Mills Avenue. The trail passes the museums, theaters, and Science Center, then follows North Mills Avenue over Lake Estelle.
A short section of trail runs next to Dorchester Street, then the trail goes on-road following Lake Shore Drive to Nottingham Street and Mead Garden. There is not a lot of through traffic in this area, but as always be aware and considerate of auto traffic and the residential nature of the neighborhood.
Gaston Edwards Park is a popular recreational area along N. Orange Avenue at Lake Ivanhoe, close to restaurants and shops on Orlando's "Antique Row." A boat ramp allows launching onto Lake Ivanhoe, popular with water skiers and paddle boarders. It also provides one of the best sunset views in town! The park has sand volleyball courts, playground, and a fitnesss course. The Ivanhoe Trail segment links to the Orlando Urban Trail via sidewalk at Magnolia Avenue or at Highland Avenue.
Loch Haven Park is a main cultural center for Orlando, with the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Fire Museum, and Mennello Museum of American Art. The 45-acre park itself offers a pleasant respite, as well as access to the Orlando Urban Trail.
An on-road route has been mapped out from the Orlando Urban Trail at Lake Highland Drive and Ferris Avenue to the Cady Way Trail at Lake Druid Park. Signs, "sharrows" and bike lanes along the roadway mark the route.
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