walking
16 days ago

A nice little trial around a clean man made Lake/pond. The trail is completely done now and it is a loop. There is still construction on the road next to the trail, but it doesn’t effect the trail at all.

The rail head was well marked behind the school. The beginning was as expected for central Florida. The rest of the rail was in the open and followed the service road under the power transmission lines. Several varieties of birds along the path, a few butterflies, turtles and a snake crossed our path.

trail running
1 month ago

Small trail but great sites. I have cotton mouths and two white squirrels there.

Pros:

This trail is very rustic and beautiful and you are likely to see a lot of wildlife, especially if you go around dawn.

I was there early one morning and saw several deer, two large owls, and several wild turkeys.

I love how fresh and clean the air smells and the trail follows Shingle Creek for a while.

If you live anywhere near this trail, it's just a nice place to get away from all the busyness of orlando without having to drive too far.


Cons:

1) Access is limited. You can only visit the trail certain hours, since parking is behind a middle school and the gate is closed at certain times. It's best to visit google maps, as they have the exact hours posted. Lookup: Shingle Creek Trailhead.

If you can't access the trail because the school gate is closed, there is a back entrance to the trail located in a neighborhood 10 min west of the school trailhead. Lookup "Millenium Waves" on google maps. The trail entrance is just east of it on Tarragona Drive. The only downside to this entrance is that you will have to walk about a mile to get to the wooded section of the trail behind the middle school. It's a scenic and peaceful walk though, and everyone I've met so far has been very friendly.

2) The trail is very secluded. If you at all don't feel safe by yourself, you'll definitely want to bring someone with you.

could not get to the trailhead from the middle school. The bus lane to the back of the school was gated and locked on a Sunday. Tried walking through the school but would have to walk through school gym and hallways. Did not feel comfortable doing that.

walking
4 months ago

Great walk for me and my roommates dog!! Pretty little view although it does not go fully in a circle there is a dead end and then you come back. Great fresh air, Ongoin construction

great time away from the city.

Great morning trail run! Did not see a single soul until returning to trailhead. Not as much wildlife as expected but was still beautiful!

mountain biking
7 months ago

The beginning of the trail is by far the best! I'm not sure why there are so many complaints about the power lines, easy terrain through there and this trail is tucked in an urban area. There is plenty of wildlife here, saw about 10 deer swim across Shingle Creek upstream and about 15 alligators. 3 were more on the mature side and the rest babies. Plenty of parking and moderate traffic on the trail. The back loop could have been mowed for easier biking but still a great time overall!

I'm giving this trail a 3 star rating because the trail is heavily traveled and although the signs say no dogs, i seen atleast 10 diffrent dogs being walked on the trail. The trail head is also behind the Hunters Creek Middle School so it is closed during school hours. The only entrance in to the trail is through the school bus loop and the trail is not marked very well once you get inside the woods. Besides all of the dogs being walked on the trail, I did not see any signs of wildlife on the trail which is why I love to hike. I personally like the more secluded and thicker trails in seminole and volusia county so I probably will not waste my time going back to this trail.

FYI - YOU CAN'T PARK AT TRAIL HEAD DURING SCHOOL HOURS

mountain biking
9 months ago

Thursday, June 15, 2017

trail blocked due to construction.

walking
Monday, June 12, 2017

I definitely will be going back to this trail. It is great for walking, running, and biking. Shingle Creek flows right alongside the trail for the most part.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

It's very secluded, empty and it's not even that pretty. It felt really scary to be there by myself. I don't recommend it, especially for girls on their own.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Closed 8:30-4:30

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

hiking
Friday, February 03, 2017

This trail cannot be used during school time as the start of the trail is accessed through the school grounds. You can only currently go before 8am and after 430pm in the week. There are no other access points shown

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Great trail for a quick ride!!!

on Cay Lake Trail

hiking
Monday, December 19, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Great nature trail

birding
Sunday, November 06, 2016

IMO this is a great little trail. The majority of it is asphalt, but there is a small section that is dirt / grass. It's very quiet for being behind an apartment complex and there is usually always someone on the trail, either walking or jogging. I photograph as a hobby so I was pleasantly surprised at the abundance of birds along this trail, which is why this trail is a favorite of mine.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

took my 3 kids on a hike, they loved it! they get to run out energy, mommy got some exercise- watch out for the bicyclists though if you're walking, most people were very friendly. will definitely be going back.

nature trips
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Great place for hiking/walking (except u hear the cars).
Very challenging for biking cause of the terrain. Didn't see much wildlife.

mountain biking
Monday, August 29, 2016

it is a great trail for mountain biking!

walking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Really neat seeing the difference between before the rain(dry) and after the rain

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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.

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