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The Shingle Creek Regional Trail in Osceola County will eventually run 20 miles from downtown Kissimmee to the Orange County line, where it will link with the Orange County/Orlando segment of the trail to total 32 miles when completed. Two sections in Osceola County are complete: (1) To the west, the trail runs through Shingle Creek Regional Park, and connects to the Kissimmee Loop Trail; (2) To the east, it runs south from Kissimee Lakefront Park along Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho). Detailed map and photos below.
Shingle Creek Regional Trail Map
Location: Osceola County (Kissimmee)
Mileage: 2 miles, 20 when completed
Surface: Paved, 12 feet
Trailheads/Parking: Shingle Creek Regional Park, Osceola County Welcome Center, Pioneer Village (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Walt Disney World, Warbird Museum, Silver Spurs Rodeo, Gatorland
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From Steffee Landing, visit the museum at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum (parking also available here), the Steffee Homestead, and Pioneer Village for a pleasant family outing. Kissimmee Lakefront Park features a bike path along Lake Toho, plus facilities including restrooms, picnic pavilions, playground, splash pad, marina, concession, and fishing piers. Amenities along the Trail include benches, picnic tables, bridges and boardwalks.
The trail in Kissimmee goes about 2 miles from Hoagland Blvd. through Shingle Creek Regional Park (Steffee Landing), to the Osceola County Welcome Center, to Pioneer Park. Paralleling Shingle Creek, it includes a scenic boardwalk and a bridge over the Creek near Babb Landing. Future extensions will connect to Orange County.
At Hoagland Blvd., the trail links to the Kissimmee Loop Trail which circles Kissimmee for 7 miles and connects back to the Shingle Creek Regional Trail at Warbird Blvd.
456-acre Shingle Creek Regional Park is a lovely oasis on Shingle Creek. In addition to part of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail, the park has hiking, picnicking, fishing, and paddling. Several old homes from the historic Shingle Creek community are within the park, and a Pioneer Village.
Several historical buildings are located here, including the original Shingle Creek Cabin (1890) and Steffee Homestead (1911). More about Steffee Landing .
Public launch, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals, fishing dock, picnicking, play area, and restrooms. More about paddling on Shingle Creek at PaddleFlorida.net
Pioneer Village off Babb Road includes original old Osceola County homes and structures that were relocated to the park and restored. More about Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
From the Marina at Kissimmee Lakefront Park running south is a new section connecting to the Shingle Creek Regional Trail. Ultimately, this will be extended to connect to the western sections of the trail at Steffee Landing, etc. Leaving the Marina, a path runs along both sides of Lakeview Drive, then they converge at a cycle track. The track runs along Lakeview Drive to Clyde Ave. (about 900 feet), where the Shingle Creek Regional Trail begins. Shingle Creek Regional Trail then continues alongside Clyde St. for about 1/4 mile before turning off through a natural area along Lake Toho, over a boardwalk, and continuing to the temporary trail end (about a mile).
Shingle Creek was named in the late 19th century after the cypress trees that lined the bank, which were used to make wood shingles. Beginning in south Orange County, the creek forms the northernmost headwaters of the Everglades. Flowing into Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho), it continues down the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Lake Okechobee and then the Everglades.The creek and surrounding area are protected wetlands due to their importance to Everglades restoration efforts.
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