Lake Apopka Trail

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Lake Apopka Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fisherman's Paradise Mobile Home Park, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
39 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Upon leaving Magnolia Park you follow a paved trail to a gravel road used by farm hands from the 1940 to late 1990s when the restoration of Lake Apopka began. The gravel road follows the shore line to the north for 4 miles to the old pump house that was used to drain the north portion of land to create a rich mash land for farming. You continue another 6.5 miles to the intersection to continue west 4.1 miles to Clay Island trail loop 5.8 miles or follow the north shore trailhead 1 mile north. The entire trek out and back is approximately 39 miles.

road biking
13 days ago

The trail as listed here is incomplete, it actually runs all the way to Green Mountain Park in Lake County.
https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7015373/lake-apopka-loop-trail

23 days ago

Love this trail for biking many alligators and wildlife..

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail! It's 7.9 one way made that mistake today and thought I was only running 7.9 miles turned into a longer day then I thought. Great trail a lot of wildlife, no shade at all so go in the morning or later in the day. I was out there today around noon not a good idea but all in all will do this one again.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful place, no doubt. I made the mistake of departing 2 hours before the park closed. It takes a good mile to really get into it. I'll definitely come earlier next time. But the path is great and the scenery around the impressive Lake Apopka is fantastic.

Definitely bring water as you are quite exposed to the sun! I gave it 4 stars only because it is an 'out and back' kind of hike which aren't my favorite. Great place for a bike ride though.

I didn't see any gators on the short hike (which is what I'm in it for) but plenty of evidence that they are there in abundance. I'll be back to this one!

hiking
4 months ago

Solid hike with flat limestone trail. Went at 8:30 am on an overcast day. Tons of birds; nesting gators bellowing on either side of the trail.

Payoff at the pump house/4 mile mark - pond with about 50 gators floating and waiting for their fish. Never seen anything like it. Awesome display of nature.

Bring water, wear sunscreen, stretch- the hike is on a hard pack and open to the sun and wind.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views! Spotted many gators! Definitely a great trail for bird watching.

trail running
6 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

Really well maintained gravel trail. This trail really goes out around 17.5 miles around the north side of Lake Apopka to Green Mountain overlook and trailhead. Mostly flat terrain and several spots to stop and take in all the wildlife. Beware of you take small kids. Lots of very large gators like to sun on the banks of the lake.

7 months ago

birding
9 months ago

I hit this trail for the first time this AM. The parking is in the Magnolia Park, then a short walk along binion before you hit the actual trail. This is a great trail for a short day hike, biking and photography - I saw several gators, herons, egrets, several species of song and water birds. I saw raccoon, snake, turtle and otter tracks, but did not see the animal. Be sure to dress according to the weather as there are no shelters along the trail. There are RR in the trail head at Magnolia Park, and porto-potties where the trail intersects w/ the Wildlife Drive at the pump house.

Friday, November 23, 2012