Pine Island East Loop Trail

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Shingle Creek

Pine Island East Loop Trail is a 5.5 kilometer heavily 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: 5.5 km Elevation Gain: 4 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

off trail

no dogs

Access to this trail is limited. This trailhead and parking for the trail is CLOSED from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm during the week when the middle school is in session. 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.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful for Hiking and Mountain Bike has 2 tracks to do both aprox. 2 miles. Has another Open track only grass and no shade. Recommend Hot day or Summer season do it in the Morning.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice Floridian nature retreat in the middle of the town. Recommending hiking there with sunrise or sunset. In the summer time you could get really hot since there is not much of shade. Many river otters, owls, turkeys... Great for mountain bikes also.

mountain biking
no shade
26 days ago

Nice for mountain biking and hiking, while you’re in the woods. However once you get out to the loop not so much, it’s just power lines and plains and no shade. It’s still nice regardless but keep that in mind with the heat and weather. The water level seems a bit low to kayak down this section of the creek. Happy hiking

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, but only good for cooler days

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great Trail, has multiple access points. Good trails that give a some sort of challenge. My Wife and I both ride our bikes through this trail all the time. Of course there is wild life, bugs, and etc. lets be realistic though, its a trail you cannot expect it to be “perfect”.

1 month ago

couldn't really find the entrance. no easy place to park and walk to the trail.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
scramble
1 month ago

NO SHADE! POWERLINES AND GATORS WOOOOO!!!!

hiking
bugs
closed
no shade
off trail
private property
2 months ago

This trail is located right behind a school and is accessible by one of several entrances, this one is only open 9AM-4PM during school days. The beginning is lush and green, with overhanging trees and Florida greenery with water on both sides. The trail is perfect for biking, walking, or running. Wildlife seen: rabbits, plenty of birds, turtles, and small gators in the nearby waters. Half of the trail onward is flatbush underneath power lines. Bring bug spray and sunscreen!

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Saw a beautiful Rosette Spoonbill and met a puppy! Little shade and power lines but an awesome trail through the palmettos.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great trail. Very very GREEN & many birds to see. Some bugs but overall a great little hike .

HMU first time on this trail that is less than a mile From my house. I’ll be back!!!

hiking
2 months ago

No access during school hours to trail? :(

hiking
flooded
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

good trail. started at power line trail head and took loop before going to middle school entrance. like this, gave a nice mid way break with cover. long flat uncovered hike down power line. the section at middle school is nice and shaded. saw turtles, lizards and a lot of birds and water fowl

hiking
3 months ago

A nice, unexpected trail system behind the Middle School. We took an easy 4 mile hike on this trail and saw many animals including alligators, otters, deer, hawks, turtles and many, many birds! Love it for the convenience!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful section along the creek and a very fun ride

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

The first part is definitely the highlight. Tree coverage and along the creek. The halfway part on the backside of Pine Island is also nice through the taller brush. Sun exposure throughout once you leave the creek. Path is well worn and well traveled. Easy walking, not moderate unless hiking on a very sunny and hot day.

walking
muddy
over grown
4 months ago

probably the best trail I've run for this area. nice scenery and solid trail. a few muddy spots but if you pay attention they are easy to avoid.

hiking
no shade
over grown
6 months ago

Very scenic easy to follow

hiking
closed
flooded
muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
private property
7 months ago

the main entrance to the trail is closed, however there is another one on the way to exiting the school parking. at the loop, some places are completely flooded, and overgrown. almost half the trail has shade while the path to get to the loop doesn't. the trail is scenic, was able to see couple alligators, turtles, birds etc

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