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The City of Maitland has a network of bike paths for recreational use. Bike Route (BR) signs are posted along paths, trails, and bike lanes throughout the city, plus "Wayfaring" signs point to parks, schools, and points of interest. Recreational bikers can easily ride 10 miles (round-trip) while taking in some shady parks and other interesting features. (Map and photos below.)
Maitland Bike Route Map
Location: Maitland, FL (Orange County)
Main Rides: Lake Lily Park to Maitland Community Park; Sandspur Road to bridge over I-4
Mileage: 5-6+ miles, depending on in-town Bike Routes; 2.5 mile East-West Connector
Surface: Paved, 5'-10', some bike lane (worse can be avoided by back-tracking).
Trailheads/Parking: Lake Lily Park, Maitland Community Park, Minnehaha Park. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Maitland Art Center, William Waterhouse House Museum, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Enzian Theater
Here we map two bike routes:
For a short (5 mile) ride, our Maitland bike route packs in a
lot, including 5 parks. Mostly following the
well-marked Bike Routes, we visit Lake Lily Park,
Independence Square, Maitland Community
Center, Minnehaha Park, and Covered
Bridge Park. Watch for intersecting Bike Route and
Wayfaring signs leading to parks, schools, history and art centers
and more - additional miles can be added depending on
The bike route starts as the Bob Sonnenberg Blue Bicycle Trail (BR 17) at Lake Avenue. A boardwalk runs along the railroad track, then the path continues about 2/10 mile to a rail crossing and entry to Lake Lily Park. The bike route runs on Lake Lily Drive (a lightly used connector shared with cars) a very short way, then at the parking lot branches off onto a parallel walking path that circles the lake. The route here is shared with pedestrians, then it splits - go left to continue on the bike route.
You may find some shady parking here. Lake Lily Park off US17-92 is centrally located and a local treasure. The park has parking, restrooms, water, playground, picnic tables, walking trail, gazebo, and a boardwalk. Historic markers tell of the history of the area, and the park also includes the historic Waterhouse Residence.
Continuing from Lake Lily Park, the path crosses Maitland Avenue then winds behind some businesses - there's one road crossing and some business entrances in this area,, so be careful. It then runs over another boardwalk, and ends at Packwood Avenue by the City Hall. Cross Packwood Avenue, turn right and then left onto the path along Independence Lane. Here, Independence Square has restrooms, benches, picnic tables, fountain and event lawn. Along Independence Lane are restaurants and apartments. At the end of Independence Lane, construction can be seen across E. Horatio Avenue, this will eventually extend the path to George Avenue. For now, to continue on the bike route, turn left at Horatio and then right on sidewalk next to Maitland Avenue.
Maitland Avenue (BR 2B) is a busy road with no bike lanes, be aware - or use the sidewalk. (Note: when riding on sidewalks, always yield to pedestrians and give audible signals when passing.) After about a half mile, BR 2B ends. Turn right at Bridle Path (BR 3B, across from Sandspur Rd.) then left on Gamewell Avenue (BR 3) and ride about 1/4 mile to Greenwood Road where the path picks up again. Ride through the tunnel under Greenwood Drive and you're at the 17-92 overpass. Across the overpass, the path continues along Mayo Avenue (BR 3) with welcome shade provided by large oak trees lining the way. A roadside boardwalk is another bonus as you approach Maitland Community Park.
Maitland Community Park is a gem, a lovely 25-acre oasis with parking, restrooms, community building, 2 playgrounds, picnic pavilions, walking/jogging trails, tennis, basketball and racquetball, plus a 600-foot boardwalk. We stopped to explore the park before continuing our bike ride, and also walked a loop trail within the park along a fitness course. The trails are not long, about a mile in total - they intersect or overlap, and may include "Yellow," "Red" and/or "Blue" markers. Note: Mayo Avenue is the only entry to Maitland Community Park by car. The entry/exit at Arapaho Trail provides pedestrian and biking access.
Our bike route follows the trail marked "Blue" and "Yellow" which starts on the right just inside the park entrance, past the community center and tennis courts, to the boardwalk (where bikes must be walked), and exit at Arapaho Trail (about 3/10 mile). This trail starts as paved then becomes sand and gravel, but still bikeable.
Our walking loop (about 4/10 mile) within the park started and ended at the parking area just inside the park entrance. The WorldTrail Fitness Course ("Red" Trail, also bikeable) starts to the left at the entrance, it includes a series of fitness stations, passes the boardwalk, and ends near the tennis courts. From there, we continued on the trail to return to parking. Except for a paved portion approaching the parking area, this is a sand and gravel trail.
Exiting Maitland Community Park, follow the markers for BR 4B, starting on the bike lane along Arapaho Trail to Chippewa Trail - turn right. Continue to Sequoia Trail and turn left, then at Dommerich Drive turn left again and continue to E. Horatio Ave. There's an improved sidewalk along Dommerich from Choctaw Trail to Horatio, otherwise this is on-road with bike lane and sharrow. From Dommerich Drive along Horatio Ave.(BR 5) is about 3/10 mile to Minnehaha Park - there's a bike lane, but due to heavy traffic riding on the sidewalk is advisable (remember to yield to pedestrians). Turn right at Minnehaha Park. To continue on our bike route, watch for the multi-use path near the entrance - or stop for a break and to enjoy the views.
Minnehaha Park is another gem. It offers parking, restrooms, picnic area, playground, boardwalk, and a fitness course. The boardwalk was a pleasant surprise, leading to an observation deck with views of Lake Minnehaha. More about Minnehaha Park .
At the main entrance to Minnehaha Park off E. Horatio a separate multi-use path starts, paralleling the roadway as it goes to a tunnel under E. Horatio that runs along the Nina Canal. Nina Canal connects Lake Minnehaha to Lake Nina and Lake Maitland (part of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, link below). The tunnel exits to Covered Bridge Park. This is a small but pleasant park with picnic pavilions and a walking trail, plus of course the landmark wooden covered bridge over Nina Canal.
Past Covered Bridge Park, the path comes to Old Horatio Road. Turn right and cross the covered wooden bridge over Nina Canal, past Jim Houser Azalea Garden. and back to E. Horatio Ave. There's a bike lane on E. Horatio, but given the traffic and short distance (1/10 mile to Swoope Ave.) riding on the sidewalk is advisable. Turn left on Swoope Avenue (BR 2), and then right on Packwood Avenue (BR 2 continues). Cross US17-92 and continue to the boardwalk (BR 17), and return to Lake Lily Park.
Starting the East-West Connector, the 1.25 mile Sandspur Road Trail (BR 3B) runs from North Maitland Avenue to North Wymore Road. The 10-foot wide, multi-use pathway replaces the sidewalk on the north side of Sandspur, and passes both Lake Sybelia Elementary and Orangewood Christian Schools. At the Maitland Avenue end, the path is across the street from Bridle Path and connection to Maitland Community Park (see above). At the Wymore Road end, it continues to the new I-4 bridge.
From the end of Sandspur Road, cross Wymore Road and go right, the path runs roadside toward Maitland Blvd. Just before the underpass, it then turns left onto the ramp to the I-4 bridge.
The bridge has lights, so useable after dark. At the end of the bridge is a nice view of Lake Lucien. After crossing the bridge and down the ramp, a multi-use path follows Bike Route 1 along Lake Destiny Drive to the Lake Destiny Soccer Field. It then continues along Lake Destiny and Lake Lucien Drives to N. Keller Road. Follow N. Keller to Fennell St. and the Maitland Baseball Complex.
We like the town's original Seminole Indian name Fumecheliga, or "Musk Melon Place," and here's interesting information on Maitland's history.
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