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Little Econ Greenway... East Orlando Biking

Popular with bikers, runners, and skaters, this suburban trail runs along the Little Econlockhatchee River ("Little Econ"). Though centrally located, this Central Florida biking trail offers an outdoors experience with river views, scenic bridges and wildlife viewing - osprey, ibis, and red-tailed hawks, plus turtles and alligators can all be sighted here. Blanchard Park is the focal point, with many recreational and nature activities on its 84 acres. Future links planned to University of Central Florida, and to Cady Way and Cross Seminole Trails. (Detailed map and photos below.)

Little Econ Greenway, Orlando biking

Location: Orange County (Orlando)
End points: Alafaya Trail to Forsyth Road.
Mileage: 7.9 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 14'
Trailheads/Parking: SR 50 Trailhead (on north side of SR 50 just east of Goldenrod Road); Blanchard Park (1 mile north of SR50 east, on Dean Road); also, parking available at the Arcadia Acres and Econ Soccer Complexes, and on Harrell Road (just north of SR50). (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: University of Central Florida, Blanchard Park, City of Orlando

Bike Shops / Rentals:

David's World Cycle (East Colonial)

COMMENTS AND PHOTOS... Little Econ Greenway

Portions of the trail are very scenic, lots of water views (canal-side). A big positive is that while the trail crosses several major roads, there are few road crossings but rather underpasses - from Goldenrod to Roush Roads is five miles with one road crossing at Harrell. A negative is there is very little if any shade on this trail. With underpasses and wide fields of view, the ride east from Blanchard Park is ideal for road bikers looking for speed.

Biking the Little Econ Greenway... from west to east

Link to Cady Way Trail

At the juncture of Cady Way Trail and Baldwin Park Street is a marker showing the start of the Little Econ Greenway. The pavement goes about 1/4 mile to SR436 before ending, eventually this segment will link to the Greenway at Forsyth Road.

Forsyth Rd. to Goldenrod Rd.

This section of the trail is more of a neighborhood trail, it starts at Forsyth Road with little fanfare though eventually the link from the Cady Way Trail will go through this spot. The trail follows Partridge Lane along basically a wide sidewalk and past residential neighborhoods before crossing a bridge over wetlands to Goldenrod Rd. where it's necessary to cross two streets - Goldenrod Rd. and Liverpool Blvd. The trail follows Goldenrod a short way before turning off and running along a canal.

Goldenrod Road to Harrell Road

After turning off Goldenrod, the trail goes past residential neighborhoods then gets more scenic as it follows the river. Parking options in this section are at Arcadia Acres soccer complex, or a loop goes around to a paved trailhead (off SR50 just east of Goldenrod, parking and picnic pavilion).

Goldenrod Road to Arcadia Acres and SR50 Trailhead

Arcadia Acres to SR50 Loop

Arcadia Acres to Harrell Road

The loop can be avoided by riding past the soccer complex to a bridge over the river. Continuing along the trail is more parking at the Econ Park Soccer Complex, then an easy but unshaded ride along the river, to another parking area at Harrell Rd.

Harrell Road to SR417 Underpass

Past Harrell, a bridge crosses the river to link to residential neighborhoods. The trail continues along the river before going under the SR417 expressway.

SR417 underpass to Dean Road

Past SR417 is an easy if unshaded ride along the river, and two underpasses (at Econlockhatchee Trail and at Dean Road). Past the Econ Trail is another loop around a dammed-off area of the river, crossing a scenic bridge. We also saw some paddlers on the river on this section of the trail.

Blanchard Park

Blanchard Park is a great community asset, popular with locals, families, and recreational visitors for biking, walking, jogging and rollerblading. With sweeping views of the Little Econ River from its 87 acres, the park has access to canoe/kayak trails, parking, restrooms, water, picnicking, playgrounds, tennis, sports fields, and a butterfly garden. A bridge over a spillway on the river gives a nice view and leads to some off-road trails. A word of caution, there have been reports of crime in the area and it is not recommended to exercise alone or very early or late in the day.

Blanchard Park to Alafaya Trail

Leaving Blanchard Park, the trail turns away from the river. It winds past the YMCA and follows Jay Blanchard Trail to Rouse Road. At Rouse Road requires crossing two roads, then the trail continues along Rouse a short distance before going off road again. It passes behind University High School and then as a wide sidewalk along Lokanotosa Road to the terminus at Alafaya Trail. The University of Central Florida is a short distance up Alafaya with bicycle lanes, ultimately the trail will connect with the university.

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