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Orlando Urban Trail... Orlando In-town Biking

The Orlando Urban Trail marks a big step in Orlando becoming a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly city, linking businesses, restaurants, shopping, parks, cultural sites, and residential neighborhoods. The trail runs from Downtown Orlando to the northern city line at Mead Garden in Winter Park. Detailed map and photos below.

Starting at the north end of Magnolia Avenue near the Chamber of Commerce, the trail runs 3 miles along the rail line from Orange Avenue (Lake Ivanhoe), to the cultural corridor at Loch Haven Park, and to Mead Garden. The section called the "Dinky Line" refers to the historic former rail line to Winter Park, on which the trail runs. Ultimately, the Orlando Urban Trail will connect to the southern end of downtown at South Street and the Amway Center, and will link to three SunRail Stations (Florida Hospital, Historic Church Street Station, Lynx Central Station). An on-road link to the Cady Way Trail has also been mapped out.


Location: Orange County (Orlando)
End Points: Orlando (Magnolia Ave. at Weber St.) to Winter Park (Mead Garden)
Mileage: 3 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 14 feet; some portions on-road
Trailheads/Parking: Loch Haven Park, Gaston Edwards Park, Mead Gardens (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, City of Winter Park, City of Orlando

Bike Shops/ Rentals:

Orange Cycle (Orlando)

Retro City Cycles (Orlando)

Performance Bicycle (Winter Park)

Juice Bike Share (Bike sharing service)

COMMENTS AND BOBCAT'S PHOTOS
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Comments by Mudfish: A beginning and worth a look! The history plaques along the trail are a great addition. We look forward to the planned connector to Gertrude's Walk and Church Street.

Loch Haven Park to Downtown Orlando

Loch Haven Park is at about the middle of the trail, and offers plentiful parking. Heading toward downtown, a bridge crosses Lake Formosa then the trail goes through a residential neighborhood. In this section, the trail follows the old Dinky Line rail bed. Crossing Princeton Street leads into an industrial area. At Ferris Avenue, the trail goes around Lake Highland Preparatory School, onto Lake Highland Drive, and ends at the beginning of Magnolia Avenue downtown. Later development will link to Church Street and the Amway Center.

Loch Haven Park to Virginia Drive

Virginia Drive to Magnolia Avenue

Loch Haven Park to Mead Garden

Near Loch Haven Park are two intersections - crossing Princeton Street and crossing North Mills Avenue; the trail follows North Mills Avenue over Lake Estelle. A short section of trail runs next to Dorchester Street, then the trail goes on-road following Lake Shore Drive to Nottingham Street and Mead Garden. There is not a lot of through traffic in this area, but as always be aware and considerate of auto traffic and the residential nature of the neighborhood.

Lake Ivanhoe Trail - Gaston Edwards Park

Gaston Edwards Park is a popular recreational area on Orange Avenue along Lake Ivanhoe, close to restaurants and shops on Orlando's "Antique Row." A boat ramp allows launching onto Lake Ivanhoe, popular with water skiers and paddle boarders. The park has sand volleyball courts, and a fitness course. The Ivanhoe Trail segment links to the Orlando Urban Trail via sidewalk at Magnolia Avenue or at Highland Avenue.

Loch Haven Park

Loch Haven Park is a main cultural center for Orlando, with the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Fire Museum, and Mennello Museum of American Art. The 45-acre park itself offers a pleasant respite, as well as access to the Orlando Urban Trail.

Link to Cady Way Trail

An on-road route has been mapped out from the Orlando Urban Trail at Ferris Avenue to the Cady Way Trail at Lake Druid Park. Signs and sharrows along the roadway mark the route.

More information on the Orlando Urban Trail (links open in new window):

- City of Orlando, Bicycles and Pedestrians

- City of Winter Park - Lake Baldwin Park

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