Monday, April 22, 2013

Biking the West Orange Trail

Near Clermont, FL

One of the great things about blogs is the information exchanged between blog writers and readers.  On  April 18th one of the comments we received from Steve and Joan was about things to do in the Clermont-Winter Garden area.  Since these areas are only about 10 miles north of us we decided that today was a good time to get our road bicycles out of the Honda Fit and take them for a spin.

 In doing a bit of internet research we found that there is a bicycling trail up in that area called the West Orange Trail. The trail runs from Killarney Station (east of Clermont) to the terminus at Apopka (22 miles each way).
Frequent Sign Posts
Just a Bit Out of Killarney Station
Bike Trail thru Center of
Winter Garden
We began at the Killarney Station and headed east thru Oakland, Winter Garden,
and stopped to for a picnic lunch at the Apopka-Vineland Outpost.
 The round-trip distance today for us was approximately 27 miles.

For anyone interested in bicycling, this trail is an excellent place to ride.  The trail is asphalt the entire length and approximately 14 feet in width.  It is in excellent condition and you only cross a couple of "real roads" the entire length of the ride, so families with small kids could also comfortably use the trail.

We wanted to take a look at the Oakland Nature Preserve, but no bikes are allowed on the trails leading thru the Preserve or on the boardwalk leading toward Lake Apopka, so we decided to pass for now.

A big thanks again to Steve and Joan for pointing us in this direction!  We had a very nice ride.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

5 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed the trail. We love it! The Oakland Nature Preserve is a very pleasant walk to the lake with nature displays in the center.

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  2. You guys are looking good! I like the bikes and biking trails. I wish there were more over here near us.

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  3. Only 27 miles? Wow, nothing like a short bike ride! ;c)

    Sounds like a great place to bike ride, must be more enjoyable because Florida doesn't have many hills. You sure look like you're liking this fulltime traveling adventure.

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  4. Sounds like a great trail ... we scouted out the trailhead this morning and looks like we'll be able to take the trikes out on some of the backcountry trails here at Gulf SP ... but will have to include some regular roads to make them into loops.

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