Close to downtown Orlando the planned community of Baldwin Park is built on the site of the old Orlando Naval Training Station. Recreational features include biking and pedestrian-friendly paths throughout the community. Along with Celebration and Lake Nona, this is a model of pedestrian and bike-friendly urban center planning. The bike trail is centered on the conservation area around Lake Baldwin, the entire community contains 50 miles of bikeable paths and trails. Through its link to the Cady Way Trail, it connects to more neighborhoods, schools, and parks with access to Orlando and Winter Park. Detailed map and photos below.
Location: Orange County (Orlando)
Mileage: 2.5 miles around Lake Baldwin; 1 mile link to Cady Way Trail around Lake Susannah
Surface: Asphalt, 14 feet
Trailheads/Parking: Baldwin Park Village Center, Lake Baldwin Park, Veterans Memorial Park (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Winter Park, Orlando
Comments by Mudfish: With the connecting Cady Way Trail, this is a great all-purpose trail for anyone living near downtown Orlando. Road bikers can ride for over 40 miles on connecting Cady Way, which merges into the Cross Seminole Trail, which connects with the Seminole-Wekiva Trail. Baldwin Park Village Center (lakeside park and pier) was a pleasant surprise for me, with a choice of restaurants and plenty to keep kids busy. (Not the easiest place to find, needs more signage.)
The entire community is bike-friendly, the area around Lake Baldwin is maintained as a conservation area with the popular 2.5 mile recreational Lake Baldwin Trail circling the lake. Parks accessible from the trail include Lake Baldwin Park (dog-friendly), Veterans Memorial Park, and Blue Jacket Park. The bike trail links to the Cady Way Trail for a full recreational bike ride.
With bike lanes and mostly quiet streets,
the entire community is bikeable
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