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West Orange Trail...

Winter Garden's Renaissance Bike Trail

West Orange Trail is a world-class rail trail through urban and suburban sections of Orange County. Popular for all types of biking, in-line skating, running and walking. "Outposts" and "Stations" along the trail provide parking and facilities, with the Stations more fully-featured. The trail runs from the Killarney Station trailhead on SR50 west of Oakland, through Winter Garden and to Apopka, ending at Welch Road. A spur at Killarney Station connects to the South Lake Trail. The trail also comprises a portion of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. (Detailed map and photos below.)

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Location: Orange County
End Points: Killarney (Old SR 50) to E. Welch Rd. (Apopka)
Mileage: 22 miles; 9 mile link on South Lake Trail to Clermont
Surface: Asphalt, 15'
Trailheads/Parking: Killarney Station, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland Outpost, Tildenville Outpost, Winter Garden Station, Chapin Station, Ingram Outpost, Apopka-Vineland Outpost, McCormick Outpost, Clarcona Horseman's Park, Apopka Station (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Towns of Oakland and Winter Garden, Oakland Nature Preserve, Winter Garden Historic Museum, Lake Apopka; Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld

Bike Shops / Rentals:

Bikes and Blades (Killarney Station)

Spin City Cycles (Apopka)

West Orange Bike (Winter Garden)

Wheel Works (Winter Garden)

Biking the West Orange Trail... Comments and Photos

Our favorite section is the 5 miles east from Killarney Station - over the old railroad bridge at Florida's Turnpike, past Briley Farm, through old Oakland - to old downtown Winter Garden. Add another 1.5 miles (one way) by riding west from Killarney Station on the connecting South Lake Trail. This section is nicely shaded, adding some short hills, twists and turns. Due to this trail's popularity, watch for children and crowded conditions.

Trail From West to East

Killarney Station to Oakland

Killarney Station has parking, restrooms, water, playground, and a bike shop for rentals, sales, repairs, and refreshments. Link to South Lake Trail. The old railroad bridge over Florida's Turnpike is a local landmark. Park your bike to stroll the Oakland Nature Preserve (0.6 mile trail and boardwalk leading to a pier on the lake).


Oakland

Serene old Oakland is a charming town draped in Spanish moss. Several historic buildings remain. Bike down sidestreets to view Lake Apopka.


Briley Farm

Most unexpected along this section of the trail is Briley Farm . Watusi cattle are the focus - the farm is a member of the World Watusi Foundation. Zebra, ostrich, and other exotic animals can also be seen.


Oakland to Tildenville Outpost

Leaving Oakland, pedal past tall oaks laden with Spanish moss. New development has changed the view through this area - homes built right along the trail. An old "landmark" along this section of the trail is a section of old railroad track. (Nov. 2017)


Tildenville Outpost to Winter Garden

Notable at Tildenville are a butterfly garden, and the old "landmark" barn paying homage to Florida State University and retired football coach Bobby Bowden (the original owner/fan has passed away and the display unfortunately now deteriorating). (Nov. 2017)


Downtown "Old" Winter Garden

Winter Garden is a prime example of how a well-maintained rail-trail can transform an "old Florida" downtown. As the focal point for the renaissance of this old Florida town, the bike trail has completely revitalized downtown Winter Garden, which now features at least two bike shops, several restaurants, and a small but worthwhile history museum. The new Winter Garden City Hall fronts the trail and features a bicycle-art sculpture. Park at Winter Garden Station (bike shop/rentals, restrooms, water, playground). The trail is central to many community events and activities.


Winter Garden to Ingram Outpost

Heading out of Winter Garden the trail passes through suburban neighborhoods, tunnels under the highway, and weaves around a golf course. Chapin Station is a great trail and neighborhood asset - main trail offices, parking, restrooms, playground, picnic/pavilions, playing fields, tennis, Path of Life gardens. Ingram Outpost has parking only.


Ingram Outpost to Apopka-Vineland Outpost

From Ingram Outpost, the trail then follows Clarcona-Ocoee Road about 0.6 miles before branching off-road to Apopka-Vineland Outpost (behind the Buddhist Temple).


Apopka Vineland Outpost to Apopka

From Apopka-Vineland Outpost continue north along the road about 0.2 mi. to where the trail crosses at the light. A spur at this point goes to Clarcona Outpost (Clarcona Horsemen's Park, trailhead for the equestrian trail). To continue on the West Orange Trail, cross Apopka-Vineland Road. From here you have about one mile of relaxing tree canopy before emerging once again along the busy road then the trail to Apopka is mostly open and parallel to the roadway.


Apopka terminus

Entering Apopka is a commercial area, then the bridge spans busy US441. Continuing northbound is Apopka Station, with parking, restrooms, water, playground, and picnic facilities.


Apopka to Trail End

Past Apopka Station the trail winds along an alignment before back on the road to the end along Rock Springs Rd. at Welch Road.

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