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The City of Kissimmee recognizes the importance of incorporating walking and biking as transportation options and has adopted a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan that includes dedicated paths for biking and walking. We were impressed by the advancements along the Kissimmee Loop Trail made since our first visit, including an awesome trail bridge over John Young Parkway. (Map and photos below.)
Kissimmee Loop Trail Map
Location: Osceola County (Kissimmee)
Mileage: 7 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 12'
Trailheads/Parking: Lakeside Park. Parking at some of the parks and businesses along the route. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Walt Disney World, Shingle Creek Regional Park, Warbird Museum, Silver Spurs Rodeo, Gatorland
The trail bridge over John Young Parkway is complete! In our view, the best recreational biking section of this trail is along the northern leg from the Shingle Creek Regional Trail connector at Warbird Blvd. to Central Avenue. Note: while ultimately a "trail loop," the eastern section is still mostly sidewalk and a major road crossing at U.S. Hwy 192. Most recreational bikers will combine the northern leg of the existing Kissimmee trail with the Shingle Creek Regional Trai, using a nice Hwy 17-92 underpass next to the Creek to connect to the southern leg of the Kissimmee trail. Once known as a cattle town, Kissimmee today is better known for its proximity to Walt Disney World, with accommodations, restaurants, and attractions
The 12-foot paved path is about 7 miles and connects to the Shingle Creek Regional Trail at two points - at Hoagland Boulevard (south) and at Warbird Boulevard (north):
The trail passes Kissimmee Gateway Airport, then runs along MLK Jr. Blvd. which includes bike lanes vs. bike path. A gap in the paved trail is along Central Avenue, where it runs along a sidewalk until turning off-road to run along the city's drainage canal system.
With its circular ramps, the bridge over John Young Parkway is the first we've seen of its kind in Central Florida. There are several busy road crossings as the trail continues, but this is the best part of the trail - paved, off-road along the canal system.
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