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Pine Island East Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile 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.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 13 ft 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

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Getting There

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.

The parking at the middle school is rather full during the school day as facility appear to park there. Power line entrance is in a neighborhood. You will have to park quite a was and start by the park in that area.

Hunter's Creek Middle School 13400 Town Loop Blvd. Orlando, FL 32837 Phone: (800) 250-4250 website: sfwmd.gov Additional info can be found at the following site(s): http://evergladestrail.com/ http://www.kissimmee.org/index.aspx?page=693

Hunter's Creek Middle School entrance: 13400 Town Loop Boulevard Orlando, FL 32837. One-half mile west on South Town Loop Boulevard from John Young Parkway in Hunter's Creek. Enter the school property at the school bus access road. Parking is available behind the school along the chain-linked fence. The Middle School access is open only during non-school hours, weekends and holidays. Power line entrance: where the power lines cross Tarragona Drive, Orlando, FL 32837. Parking is available at Vista Park in the Vistas Neighborhood of Hunter's Creek on Hunter's Vista Boulevard. Go west approximately two miles on Town Center Boulevard from John Young Parkway to Hunter's Vista Boulevard. Turn right onto Hunter's Vista Boulevard. Travel north approximately one mile to the parking area located on the left at Vista Park just passed Flora Vista Way. To access the trailhead, follow the signs and walk north 1/3 mile along the power line easement to the management area. The Marriott Trail entrance: 11501 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. The trail is about 1/2 mile south from Central Florida Parkway and three 3/4 miles north from State Road 417 on International Drive at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort. Enter the resort and parking is available at the tennis courts (third right). You will see the boardwalk leading to the trail.

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Ramón L. Morales Pérez
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Mountain biking

Beautiful trails, spectacular views with lots of birds. Good exercise for mountain bikers.

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Jacob Schlueb
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HikingBugsWashed out

the first part of the trail is shaded and has some good sights. the loop part of the trail was flooded and we couldn't finish it, so we ended up turning around.

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Melisa Singh
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Hiking

We used Middle School entrance. If you follow the trail map and go to the right after the main entrance bridge ends there is a a pretty area you can walk through with trees overhead. (Much) less than a mile in and there is a big marshy clearing where you can walk with no trees overhead to do the loop. We decided to just go back since we prefer scenery. When we returned to the main bridge we continued on past it off the trail map (where we would’ve gone if we took a left instead of right) and this was a pretty good walk through forest. Next time we’ll do both these and skip the “loop” portion.

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Alex Rodriguez
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Hiking

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.

Jan Pogi
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Hiking

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.

Tabitha B
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Mountain bikingNo shade

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

Kelsey Murray
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, but only good for cooler days

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Jose Reynoso
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Mountain biking

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”.

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

Nicholas Gray
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownScramble

NO SHADE! POWERLINES AND GATORS WOOOOO!!!!

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Giuseppe Hernandez
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HikingBugsClosedNo shadeOff trailPrivate property

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!

Bradley Moncrieff
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HikingBugs

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

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Arielis x
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Hiking

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

Emmanuel SaintFleur
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Hiking

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

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Cindy Warrick
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Hiking

No access during school hours to trail? :(

ForTheMoore User
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HikingFloodedOver grown
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Don Horne
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Hiking

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

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Charles Fogle
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Hiking

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!

Ted K
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Hiking

Beautiful section along the creek and a very fun ride

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Ryan Smith
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HikingNo shade

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.

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Connor Dahlberg
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WalkingMuddyOver grown

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.

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