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Shingle Creek Trail - Osceola
Latest update: March 2023
The Shingle Creek Trail in Osceola County (aka "Shingle Creek Regional Trail"), located in the busy Disney tourist corridor along US 192 in Kissimmee, will eventually run 15 miles from the Orange/Osceola County line (where it meets the Orange County section of the trail) to Kissimmee Lakefront Park, to total 32 miles when complete. We like the area north of US 192 - visit the Steffee Homestead and Pioneer Village for a pleasant family outing. Amenities on the trail include benches, picnic tables, bridges and boardwalks, with parks along the way providing parking, restrooms and other facilities. Directional signs are located all along the trail, very useful. Detailed map and photos below.
Shingle Creek Trail Map
Location: Osceola County (Kissimmee)
Mileage: 9 miles, 15 when completed
Surface: Paved, 6-12 feet
Trailheads/Parking: Shingle Creek Regional Park, Osceola County Welcome Center, Pioneer Village, Kissimmee Lakefront Park (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Walt Disney World, Warbird Museum, Silver Spurs Rodeo, Gatorland
Bike Shops / Rentals:
Two sections in Osceola County are complete:
Bike parking is behind the Osceola County Welcome Center/History Museum near Marker 15 at 4155 W. Vine St. (US 192). The trail to the north is the most scenic, running through portions of Shingle Creek Regional Park. Complete except for the connector to the Orange County section of the trail.
Starting from the Welcome Center/History Museum, we first rode the trail under US 192 to visit Steffee Landing and the Paddling Center. We then returned and proceeded north about 3/4 mile to the Pioneer Village Connector. This is an easy ride paralleling Shingle Creek, with picnic tables, boardwalks, and benches along the way. Signage is excellent. The connector to Pioneer Village runs an additional 6/10 mile, crossing Shingle Creek on a bridge near Babb Landing (more below).
The Steffee Family arrived from Kentucky in 1883, here they planted citrus and raised cattle. Located off US 192 (W. Vine St.) at Marker 15, this area spans both sides of Shingle Creek, connected by a bridge. On the east side, the trail runs past the Paddling Center which provides amenities for trail riders; the original 1890 family cabin is here. On the west side is the 1911 family homestead, parking, a pavilion and restroom plus hiking trails which link 1.5 miles to the Bass Road location (picnic pavilion/grill, playground, dog park).
Historical buildings include the Steffee Family Cabin (1890) and Steffee Family Homestead (1911), caretakers cottage (1920) (located along the hiking trail) and sawmill. More about Steffee Homestead
Public kayak/canoe launch, fishing pier, picnicking, play area, and restrooms. The outfitter offers kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals, tours, and lessons. More about Steffee Landing
The trail crosses a bridge over Shingle Creek, then passes Babb Landing (onto Shingle Creek). The paved trail goes straight to Pioneer Village, parking and picnic area, or to the right an unpaved path (hiking and biking) circles behind Pioneer Village.
From the road, parking is located along Babb Road. Facilities here are parking, restroom, picnic area/pavilion with grills, hiking trails. Big playing field for the kids. This was property originally owned by the Babb Family, local citrus growers. Also here (just past the bridge) is Yates Road, an unpaved trail leading 6/10 mile south to the Ruba location (picnic pavilion, playground, restrooms).
The Village includes original old Osceola County homes and
structures, relocated and preserved. Entry fee applies.
Tours, historical re-enactments.
More about Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
1,000 acre Shingle Creek Regional Park is a lovely oasis along Shingle Creek, winding from the Orange/Osceola County Line south to Lake Toho. In addition to biking on Shingle Creek Trail, activities include hiking, picnicking, fishing, and paddling. Several locations within the park (Steffee Landing/Steffee Homestead), Babb Landing/Pioneer Village, Ruba, Bass Road, Marsh Landing) provide parking, restrooms, picnic pavilions, grills, playgrounds, historic structures/exhibits, dog park, creek access (see details for each location ).
This is the newest section of trail, from the Pioneer Village connector about 2.5 miles to just short of Osceola Pkwy. (future connection to Shingle Creek Trail in Orange County). Very pleasant ride with several boardwalks. To the west it borders Shingle Creek along a protected conservation area. To the east it parallels the Tapestry community, separated by wide ponds and locked gates. Along the ponds, we saw numerous birds including a roseate spoonbill, and alligator.
From Steffee Landing the trail runs about 1/2 mile, over a boardwalk to N. Hoagland Blvd., then continues to the right (the Hoagland Connector). (Note: Crossing N. Hoagland and goingstraight is the Kissimmee Loop Trail, which circles Kissimmee for 7 miles and connects back to the Shingle Creek Trail north at Warbird Blvd.)
The trail runs along N. Hoagland Blvd. on a 6-8 foot pathway to Jack Calhoun Drive (2.5 miles). With a narrow median and bike lane separating from traffic, this is a less scenic ride. The pathway gets narrower in sections but then widens again. While it runs on both sides of the road, we recommend the west side along the boundary of Shingle Creek Regional Park (fewer driveways or road crossings). The bridge over Old Tampa Hwy. and a railroad track is a notable feature. Cross N. Hoagland Blvd. at Jack Calhoun Drive. The new Lancaster Ranch Park is planned for development here, then the trail will eventually continue to the existing section south of Kissimmee Lakefront Park.
Kissimmee Lakefront Park facilities include
restrooms, picnic pavilions, playground, splash pad, marina,
concession, and fishing piers. The trail runs one mile lakeside through the
park from Neptune Road, where a pathway continues to St. Cloud.
More about Kissimmee Lakefront Park .
Leaving the Marina, a path runs along both sides of Lakeview Drive, then they converge at a cycle track. The track runs along Lakeview Drive to S. Clyde Ave. (about 900 feet).
Shingle Creek Trail then continues alongside S. Clyde Ave. for about 1/4 mile before turning off through a natural area along Lake Toho. This is a scenic area with a boardwalk, continuing to the temporary trail end (about a mile).
Shingle Creek Trail Overview Page
Shingle Creek Trail North - Orange County section
Kissimmee Loop Trail
Kissimmee Lakefront Park
Osceola County Trails - see Overview Map for nearest
Shingle Creek at www.PaddleFlorida.net
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