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Lake Apopka Trail is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Apopka, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 17.6 mi Elevation gain 164 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Getting There

Please Note: This trail is only open on weekends and holidays. 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.

Magnolia Park has asphalt parking, with restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables, trail guide pamphlets and a boat ramp servicing lake Apopka.

Steve Evans Located in Longwood, FL email jse1744@gmail.com

Trailhead is located out of Magnolia Park 2929 S. Binion Road, Apopka Fl 32703 Latitude 28.63605576260345 Longitude -81.55052185058594

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Kellie B.
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WalkingBugs

Started in Magnolia Park at 8am. I would recommend starting early on hot days as there is little shade. The trail is a mix of paved road and sand/rock sections along Lake Apopka. There were hundreds of Grasshoppers all over the first 1/2 mile. Also saw lots of birds and gators in the marsh along the lake shore. I wore bug spray but didn't notice any mosquitos at this time.

Mandy Mandy Bl
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We've enjoyed this trail walking about 10 miles each time we've gone. We have also brought several sets of family friends with us who bv were amazed by the beautiful scenery and wildlife, tons of gators and birds. It is such a great trail and we've explored several areas. I highly recommend!!

Danielle P
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HikingBugsNo shade

Lots of gator sightings and gofer turtle nests that were hatched

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Alex Moore
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailRocky
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Jason Crane
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Road bikingNo shade

My favorite bike trail in Central FL. A couple of things - There is almost no shade & I would not attempt if lightning/thunderstorms are in the forecast. Trail is open daily for non-motorists. It's a single-track dirt road & would not recommend a street bike. I have a hybrid with Bontrager XR2 tires. I completed the entire out & back trail starting at Magnolia Park with GPS reading 35 mi. total for the day. I counted 22 alligator sightings!

Danielle P
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this with kids. Trail open despite covid-19. casual traffic

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Jenna Roebke
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HikingNo shade
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Bradley Moncrieff
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HikingBugsNo shade

Only went 5 miles out and 5 miles back with a fantastic view of the lake. We heard beards singing the entire time and saw 23 gators!

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Erica Kellough
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Road bikingNo shade
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Erica Kellough
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Road bikingNo shadeRocky
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Andrea Waters
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HikingBugs

Did this trail again once it was cooler out and it’s an awesome trail with a lot of wildlife!

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Emily Conroyd
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HikingNo shade
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Joe Jonovich
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Mountain biking

Beautiful trail full of wildlife. App now says 7.8 miles round trip but that is incorrect. That is only out to the Old Pump House and back. Trail is really 17.5 miles each way from Magnolia Park to the Green Mountain Overlook. Most is along the levees so most is in full sun. Trail is packed limestone and decently maintained. There are benches and some shelters every 2-5 miles. Saw Bald Eagles. Ospreys, and about every other shore bird possible. Plenty of alligators too.

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Carl Mataushek
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HikingNo shade

Great trail and perfect for cycling.

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Theo Hollerbach
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Road biking

The loop has many variations I got 17 miles in and only duplicated 3 miles. Lime rock and washboard single lane road/trail. Portions are accessible by cars speed limit is 10 mph Have about 4 feet of room Saw 3 gators thousands of bird. Was entertain by a symphony of bird calls. Whole area is a nature preserve. Ride is bumpy suggest 45 mm tires Best time to ride is in cooler weather below 75. No shades Starting point is magnolia park which has camping boat ramp pavilions and playground. Great detour from west orange trail

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Lindsey Moore
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Mountain bikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Nice little trail! It was a little bumpy at first but once you get to more of the trail portion it’s nice! No shade!! And there was some nice wind when I went. Lost of gators and birds which is cool! Easy access and not crowded.

Lynn Allen
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Mountain biking

Nice trail and wildlife but they allow cars on the trail and that ruined it for me. Had to turn around and bail after the pump house.

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Nick Giordano
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Walking

Dirt road. Gators and birds and bugs. N+E

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Andrea Waters
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HikingNo shade

I would definitely recommend the trail. It’s beautiful with a lot of views and animal sightings. Only thing I’d suggest is to be prepared because the sun is no joke. Minimal shade which was a little rough for my pup. Will definitely go when it gets cooler!

Tommy S
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Mountain bikingBugsRocky

Simply put, the best trail I’ve explored yet here in FL. From the start there are gators everywhere, birds, fish, snakes and wild cats. The trails are being worked on in parts but for the most part, the trails are gravel and semi smooth. Other areas are a bit hard and bumpy but manageable. Be careful there is a small section you share with vehicles. I was almost hit by one car door and then another vehicle would not yield and hogged the road. The vegetation is spectacular and scenic. Oh don’t let the map here fool you, there are many more trail to explore that are not posted here.

Bill Cousineau
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Hiking

Great trail to see wildlife.

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