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dogs on leash
This is a pleasant, mile-long path circling Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. There are plenty of visually pleasing sites, from Orlando's skyline to the iconic Linton E. Allen (a.k.a. Centennial) fountain located in Lake Eola's center. Few restaurants and bars occupy the path's edge for those who just want to kick back and relax. Many events take place, including a farmer's market on Sundays and concerts at the Walt Disney amphitheater. Just be wary of looking for parking around the area and the population density, as it's considered to be the "Central Park of Orlando".
Stick to disc golf course and main trail for a short but sweet walk. Don't take any of the little trails that head into the bush as you wouldn't want to disturb some questionable activities between men. Not that there's anything wrong with that but this is technically a public place.
Dylan W. on Cay Lake Trail
It is a well paved trail for easy to moderate hikers. I went on a cool morning and enjoyed myself I would not recommend it during a hot day for there is little to no shade. The views are kind of bland but not altogether terrible. I did see plenty of water birds including an osprey and even a gator.
My dog and I hiked this trail for the first time today. It is about a mile of walking down a clearing of power lines. We couldn't find the pine loop trail and ended up at the housing development. I decided to turn around and saw on the way back that it was roped off. I'm assuming that was it because there wasn't a sign. The trail head behind the middle school starts out nice but it doesn't provide a trail map. We'll go back to this trail because it's so close to home but to be honest not very impressed on this trip.