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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 - both trails are part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. (Detailed map and photos below.)
West Orange Trail Map
Location: Orange County
End Points: Killarney (Old SR 50) to Lester 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
One of our favorite sections 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.
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).
Serene old Oakland is a charming town draped in Spanish moss. Several historic buildings remain. Bike down sidestreets to view Lake Apopka.
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.
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)
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)
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 runs past the Clock Tower and Pavilion, central to many community events and activities.
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.
From Ingram Outpost, the trail then follows Clarcona-Ocoee Road about 6/10 mile before branching off-road to Apopka-Vineland Outpost (behind the Buddhist Temple) - parking, water, portalet, picnic, playground. At this point, the Florida Coast- to-Coast Trail turns off the West Orange Trail - a spur (about 2/10 mile) leads to Clarcona-Ocoee Road, a future connector to the Seminole-Wekiva Trail.
From Apopka-Vineland Outpost, continue north along the Apopka-Vineland Road about 1/4 mile to where the trail crosses at the traffic light.
At this point are two options:
Option 1: Continue along Apopka-Vineland Road, and ride the spur to Clarcona Outpost / Clarcona Horseman's Park. McCormick Outpost (parking, picnic) is along this spur. Clarcona Outpost has parking, picnic and water, and serves as trailhead for the equestrian trail.
Option 2: At the crosswalk, go across Apopka-Vineland Road and continue toward Apopka (about 4 miles). There's about one mile of relaxing tree canopy before emerging along Clarcona Road.
Continuing along Clarcona Rd. the trail goes under the SR414 toll road, then branches off along Old Apopka Road. From here, it parallels the road but with a wide buffer. At 13th St. it leaves Old Apopka Road and goes through a wooded area before emerging at 8th St. to S. Forest Ave. From here is a more commercial area. Approaching US441, a ramp goes up onto the bridge and crosses the busy road, then down a ramp back onto the trail.
Nearby Eats: Here alongside the trail is the Catfish Place, a local landmark serving southern-style seafood for more than 35 years.
Apopka Station has parking, restrooms, water, playground and picnic facilities. Past Apopka Station the trail passes parks and playing fields, winds through an alignment, past Apopka Middle School and on a boardwalk before going roadside at N. Park Avenue (which then becomes Rock Springs Rd.), continuing another 2 miles to the end at Lester Road. From here the trail eventually will continue to Kelly Park.
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