Pine Island East Loop Trail

MODERATE 107 reviews
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Pine Island East Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orlando, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
13 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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. 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. Closed from 8:30pm-4:30am

hiking
21 days ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

6 months ago

great time away from the city.

7 months ago

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!

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

mountain biking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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!!!

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

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.

hiking
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

More than a little disappointed. Mostly open area with little to no shade and a consistently unremarkable landscape. Bummer.

mountain biking
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Nice

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Very quiet and peaceful

paddle sports
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Had a great day:) saw an American bald eagle and several other birds of prey.... Osprey and a hawk.

birding
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Had a great day kayaking the creek and walking the surrounding trails.

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