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Lake Fran Loop Trail
Reported: January 2022
Lake Fran Loop Trail is a 2-mile trail located at Eagle Nest Park at MetroWest. The trail can be accessed from two points along Metrowest Blvd. or from within the park. Starting from the park, it runs through an urban wetland and around Lake Fran (good for fishing and birdwatching). An easy ride. (Map and photos below).
Lake Fran Loop Biking Map
Location: Orlando (Orange County), FL
Mileage: 2 miles, additional 1 mile winding through Eagle Nest Park
Surface: Paved asphalt
Trailheads/Parking: Eagle Nest Park (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Universal Studios
Bike Shops / Rentals:
Lenmar Cycles (sales/service - Hiawassee)
Trek Bicycle Florida (Orlando Southchase; sales, service) (formerly David's World Cycle)
The best parts of the trail are at Eagle Nest Park and along the western leg through the wetlands to Lake Fran. The north leg passes a residential area, then returning south it runs along a powerline but the lake is always visible. Many birds along the shoreline.
From the powerline, the trail exits onto Metrowest Blvd. at President Barack Obama Pkwy. and links to the Shingle Creek Trail (Orange County section). Complete the loop from here by riding the shared trail along Metrowest Blvd east, back to Eagle Nest Park.
If continuing on the Shingle Creek Trail south along Obama Pkwy., there are 2 crosswalks at the intersection with Metrowest Blvd. - one straight ahead and cross to the right, or one to the right then cross to the left. The second option (right then left) is best, taking you onto the trail on the correct side of Obama Pkwy.
Eagle Nest Park, 485 acres, is a pleasant neighborhood park that also serves as a trailhead for the Shingle Creek Trail. The park has ample parking, restrooms, picnic pavilions, and playing fields. It features about 1-mile of multi-use walking/biking trails that wind around a lake, good for bird watching. Located next to Eagle Nest Elementary School, which shares athletic facilities.
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