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The Shingle Creek Regional Trail in Orange County will ultimately run 16 miles from SR 50 in Orlando to the Osceola County line, where it will link to Osceola County/Kissimmee segment of the trail to total 32 miles when completed. The northern end at SR 50 (about 7 miles from downtown Orlando) will connect to the Pine Hills Trail, which runs to the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. Currently, a portion runs about 7 miles from Eagles Nest Park to Destination Parkway, linking neighborhoods, schools, and shopping to the north and along a greenway to the south. Detailed map and photos below.
Shingle Creek Regional Trail Map
Location: Orange County
End Points: Eagles Nest Park to Destination Pkwy.
Mileage: 7 miles; 16 miles in Orlando/Orange County when completed
Surface: Paved, 12 feet
Trailheads/Parking: Eagles Nest Park, Oak Ridge Road (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Universal Studios, International Drive, Mall at Millennia
When completed, this will be an important link in the growing Central Florida trail network. Newer construction includes a 12-foot trail, other portions run on what appear to be widened sidewalks. From Eagles Nest Park to Sand Lake Road is City of Orlando responsibilty, Orange County takes over from Sand Lake Road and south to the Osceola County line. Here we visit the Orange County section of the trail from North to South, starting at Eagles Nest Park.
We visited the trail starting at Eagles Nest Park, rode the 2.3 mile Lake Fran loop trail and then continued on the Shingle Creek Regional Trail. The trail runs next the road along President Oback Obama Pkwy. and Conroy Road, where it turns off to parallel a canal. It picks up roadside again along Vineland Road, to Radebaugh Way and Millenia Blvd. where it crosses Oak Ridge Road (a busy crossing, watch the signs for safety). It then follows Oak Ridge crossing over the Florida Turnpike to the Oak Ridge Road trailhead. This is an easy ride, but mostly roadside with several large road crossings.
This starts the prettiest section of the trail, through a greenway along the creek, an easy ride. To access the Oak Ridge Road trailhead (at the 2 mile marker), enter the parking lot at Bass Pro Shop/Outdoor World from Oak Ridge Road and bear left. The trail first runs on a path between the Florida Turnpike and some businesses, though a wide buffer it's quite noisy. After turning away from the road, it goes through a pretty greenway with two overlooks at a lake and arrives at Sand Lake Road. At Sand Lake Road, ride up the ramp, go east along the road, then a sharp turn leads to an underpass - a big plus on this busy road!
At Sand Lake, Orange County assumes jurisdiction. We didn't see parking, but are guessing there probably will be along the road at some point. From here, you can actually see the creek as the trail follows the greenway to Destination Pkwy. and the temporary trail end. There were signs warning of snakes and alligators along the creek, we didn't see any but did see birds. Although close to a busy commercial area, the trail has a totally remote feel with an easy ride.
A ramp leads up next to the bridge over Destination Parkway to Trailhead parking.
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