Pine Island East Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orlando, FL that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Located within the hustle and bustle of urban Orlando, Shingle Creek provides a good look at the initial headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem. It's a great place to bike, hike, fish, kayak, canoe, and see wildlife. Canoe boat ramp available. Adjacent to major tourist attractions and growth areas, the Shingle Creek Management Area is the last remaining natural area of its size in southwest Orange and northwest Osceola counties. The District has restored portions of the swamp with funding provided as mitigation to offset wetland impacts associated with construction of the Central Florida Beltway and other surrounding development projects. Shingle Creek is the major water source for Lake Tohopekaliga, which is part of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and forms the headwater of the Everglades. Because of the land's significance to the Everglades, the Shingle Creek Management Area is featured site along the Everglades Trail. Go to www.evergladestrail.org. There are several ways to enjoy the property. You can hike the nature trail or paddle* the creek behind Hunters Creek Middle Creek School. Bicycling is another popular activity on the four miles of power line dirt roads linking the Middle School trail to the Hunter's Vista subdivision. An additional three miles of hiking trails are located within the east and west pine islands. A picnic shelter with tables is located at the east pine island. Finally, you can take a very short hike at the Marriott Trail. At this time, the Marriott Trail provides limited access to the management area and visitors are encouraged to use one of the other access sites. Cypress, gum trees, and wet prairies that ring pine islands are evidence the land stays mostly wet. A variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, alligators, wild turkey and wading birds thrive in the Shingle Creek corridor. Bring your fishing pole, bicycle, binoculars, or canoe. Either way, you'll get a good look at the initial headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem. NOTE: A primitive canoe launch is located at the Hunter's Creek Middle School access.
it is a great trail for mountain biking!
Really neat seeing the difference between before the rain(dry) and after the rain
The trailhead was really hard to find. It's behind the school. The part along the creek was pretty the remaining was just a muddy track in a loop around a field. We saw cranes. No restrooms seen but a nice picnic area.
More than a little disappointed. Mostly open area with little to no shade and a consistently unremarkable landscape. Bummer.
Very quiet and peaceful
Had a great day:) saw an American bald eagle and several other birds of prey.... Osprey and a hawk.
Had a great day kayaking the creek and walking the surrounding trails.
Amazing. I come here all the time and the people are always fun as well.
this is an update on the trail...
the trail is flooded out on many parts make some areas unpassable due to all the rain, and some of the bridges are washed out... needs some repairs.
Awesome easy trail
This was my very first trail hike and I enjoyed it very much. We used the trail entrance by the middle school and followed the trail along 417. I def plan on going back.
this is my first trail and me and my family love it... we ride our mountain bikes thru the flats and trails... non stop fun and excitement plus get great views of wildlife... other reviews on here seem to be on point! so grab your helmet, water bottle, and be ready for anything lol
First time on the trail, I used the Marriott Grande Vista trailhead off International Drive. Although this entrance is property of the Shingle Creek Management area (and not Marriott), the trail is probably only 1/4 to 1/2 mile and then stops. Signs then direct hikers to turn around and go back to the entrance. The trail was fairly wet and the golf course was in sight at all times. Unless I missed something, this does not appear to be part of the extended trail. I will try another trailhead and provide another update.
REALLY NICE VIEW, NICE EXPERIENCE BUT TRAIL TAKES YOU SOME POWERLINES, WHICH YOU WONT ENJOY MUCH. BUT EVERYTHING ELSE WAS A NICE JOURNEY!
Shingle Creek is a nice trail for mountain biking.
Pretty good dose of nature given the suburban location. We encountered a good bit of wildlife on our short excursion, including a couple small gators, a river otter, turtles, a water mocassin, and plenty of white ibis, great blue herons, and egrets. We started at the trail head behind Hunters Creek Middle School. There are now signs at the road directing you to trail parking which is in the same place as the school's bus entrance. Just past the trail head you'll walk across a bridge to the other side of the creek. The trail continues north along the side of the creek for about 1/4 mile, until you come to a power line clearing. We followed the power lines west to East Pine Loop and stopped at the first picnic area there for lunch. Our route ended up being about 2.5 miles round trip. The trail was pretty well marked, and the terrain is easy so long as it's dry. Only downside is the eyesore of the power lines/man-made drainage, and a bit of litter and graffiti near the trail head. Watch out for snakes and poison ivy.