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Lake Baldwin Trail
Latest update: February 2023
Close to downtown Orlando FL, multi-use Lake Baldwin Trail is a 2.5 mile paved loop around Lake Baldwin. Surrounded almost entirely by the planned community of Baldwin Park, the self-contained Village Center (restaurants, shops, etc.) is only steps from the trail. On the opposite side of the lake, Lake Baldwin Trail connects (one block) to the Cady Way Trail making Baldwin Park a popular side-trip for longer distance bikers. The entire Baldwin Park community is bike and pedestrian-friendly. Along with Celebration, Avalon Park, and Lake Nona, this is a new vision for people-friendly and bike-friendly urban planning. Through its link to Cady Way, the Lake Baldwin Trail at Baldwin Park provides safe, off-street access to neighborhoods, schools, and parks. (Map, photos below).
Lake Baldwin Loop Map
Location: Orange County (Orlando)
Mileage: 2.5 mile loop around Lake Baldwin at Baldwin Park, links to Cady Way Trail
Surface: Asphalt, 14 feet
Trailheads/Parking: Baldwin Park Village Center, Lake Baldwin Park, Orlando Veterans Memorial Park, Blue Jacket Park (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Baldwin Park Village Center, Downtown Winter Park, Downtown Orlando
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With a connection to the Cady Way Trail, Lake Baldwin Trail is a great multi-use trail for anyone living near downtown Orlando or Winter Park. Road bikers can ride for miles by connecting to Cady Way Trail, which merges into the Cross Seminole Trail, with a connector to the Seminole Wekiva Trail (as part of the evolving 250-mile Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail). And with the East Central Regional Rail Trail now complete, it is possible to ride entirely on paved off-street trails from Baldwin Park to Titusville, FL (although we doubt very many will). The Baldwin Park Village Center (Harbor Park lakeside, benches, piers) is a pleasant diversion, with a selection of restaurants and shops along New Broad St.
The area around Lake Baldwin is a conservation area owned by the City of Orlando. Parks accessible from the Lake Baldwin Trail include Harbor Park, Lake Baldwin Park and Dog Park, Orlando Veterans Memorial Park, and Blue Jacket Park. For a longer recreational ride, link to the Cady Way Trail, which connects to the Cross Seminole Trail.
Photos begin from Harbor Park at Baldwin Park Village Center and follow the trail counter-clockwise around the lake.
There are two ways to access the Lake Baldwin Trail from the Cady Way Trail: (1) From where the Cady Way Trail crosses Baldwin Park Road, a wide one-block connector (1/10 mile, shown in orange on map) runs along Baldwin Park Road to Lake Baldwin Lane where it crosses to the Lake Baldwin Trail. (2) A 1-mile connector, unofficially the "Lake Susannah Trail" (shown in orange on map). From the point where the Cady Way Trail meets Lake Baldwin Lane just past Roush Ave., follow Lake Baldwin Lane northbound. The trail runs alongside Lake Baldwin Lane for 1/4 mile, then bends to skirt the shoreline of Lake Susannah. It turns onto Foss Ave., then ends back at Lake Baldwin Lane across from the Lake Baldwin Trail.
This is an urban trail, but due to the conservation areas surrounding Lake Baldwin and Lake Susannah, assorted wildlife are seen including hawks, birds and waterbirds, turtles, squirrels and rabbits. Otters have also been seen. Signs warning of alligators are posted, though we've never actually seen one. Coyotes, however, have been reported here.
With bike lanes and mostly quiet streets, the entire community is bike-friendly. The Village Center is bikeable if you don't mind bricks, but be careful of cars pulling in and out and watch for car doors opening. Bike lanes run along the main roads through the community, including Lake Baldwin Lane, Lakemont Avenue, and Common Way. Residential streets are mostly quiet and rideable.
Baldwin Park was developed on the site of the former Orlando Naval Training Center. The 75-acre Blue Jacket Park - named for the thousands of Naval personnel who served here, known as "Blue Jackets" - was the parade ground. The Naval History Wall tells the story of the Navy in Orlando, with statues designated as the Lone Sailor and Female Blue Jacket Recruit (this was the Navy's first co-ed boot camp). Trails circle and criss-cross the park, with parking at Bennett Rd., restrooms, playing fields, picnic tables and pavilions.
Lake Baldwin Park comprises 23 shady acres along the Lake Baldwin Trail. Much of the acreage is a fenced dog park, but also parking, restrooms, picnic tables, playground, boat launch, and short pier. The Central Florida Sailing Club also meets here.
Located along the Lake Baldwin Trail at the intersection of Lake Baldwin Lane and Glenridge Way, across from the VA Clinic, Orlando Veterans Memorial Park covers 4 acres. Lake Baldwin Trail runs around the park, and bikeable paths run through it. Memorials throughout the park honor military veterans from various services.
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