Explore the most popular trails near Orlando with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Great location for walking running basketball and picnicking.

Easy short trail.

Are there a lot of road crossings(cycling)?

I came here on the last day I'd be free enough to enjoy Florida's natural beauty before moving to Georgia after a short ten month stay in Florida. Split Oak is absolutely wonderful. It offers a diverse collection of Florida ecosystems, and plenty of wildlife viewing. not five minutes after entering the preserve I encountered a healthy doe, and mature buck. shortly after I saw another doe. saw a redtailed hawk, Pileated, and red woodpecker, covey of quails, blue birds, swallows, osprey, and a diamond back rattlesnake. would definitely come back here if given the chance. ps chacos, and sugar sand don't mix

No bicycles allowed. Horses yes, bikes no. What?!!!

Great walk, highly traveled. Large number of birds. Great for photography.

No dogs allowed.

Not actually dog friendly! Drove 45 minutes for nothing.

trail running
1 month ago

Great morning run from the hotel. Path is nice and wide and scenary is active with wildlife. Turned into 5.5 miles out and back from hotel and looping the trail 2X.

walking
1 month ago

One of my favorite places to run in the city. You can’t get bored because there’s always something to look at. Very easy run but watch out for the swan poop.

Easy enough run around lake that’s a little over a mile - nothing too interesting to look at but it’s pretty safe

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy - kid friendly but each out for snakes

hiking
1 month ago

It’s hard to find anything above a 3 Star in Fl but this one is kid friendly and you may get to see some wildlife ( turkeys and snakes). Very easy to do and plenty of foliage.

trail running
1 month ago

I love this loop. It’s really pretty and running over the bridge as you finish your jog feels great. Only thing is the trail is actually 1.3 miles so you have to run it twice for the description to be accurate.

Well markes ans beautiful trail!

Great trail as many have said cannot access the main trail head during school hours, and I’ve even not been Able to get in on a Saturday

I now like enter through the neighborhood down town center
Hunters vista (see my recording for waypoint)

Always very secluded and have seen:

Cottonmoths
Alligators w/babies
Deer
Owls
Plenty of birds
Raccoons and a fox

walking
2 months ago

It’s a nice miles walk around the lake. Lots of swans and other birds to see and snap some photos of.

walking
3 months ago

A nice walk located in the middle of Orlando. Lots of swans, ducks, geese, and other birds. Lots of homeless people sleeping too. Someone also asked my boyfriend if he sold weed ... (no he doesn’t lol).

walking
3 months ago

A nice little trial around a clean man made Lake/pond. The trail is completely done now and it is a loop. There is still construction on the road next to the trail, but it doesn’t effect the trail at all.

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.

3 months ago

Not sure I would call it a trail, but it's a great walk with friends or family, a scenic piece of Orlando, with events all the time and a farmers market every Sunday it's a must do.

trail running
4 months ago

Great place to go for a walk and run, but no so good for roller blade. I wish they re-do the trail with the concrete/asphalt to make it smooth. The other side by the bridge is very good to roller blade on.

It's an ok trail. Not maintain so you will feel like some parts of the trail might knot even be a trail. There isn't much shade or wooded areas. Its a lot of open space. For walking or just hiking a trail is ok.

Definitely agree with others here, not a whole lot of shade. The trail is mainly made up of loose dirt so be ready for that as well. The map is misleading so if you wanna deviate make sure you know where you are. Other than that it was a lovely trail and got to see two deer, tortoise, a boar, amongst other animals. The ponds are also a great sight! Highly recommend.

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

Trash everywhere and borders a rough neighborhood. Not nearly as peaceful or serene as what you might be looking for. Since I have to give it 1 star, I'll say it is because the birds are plentiful, other then that this was not an enjoyable walk by any means. I will not ever consider bringing my family here.

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.

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.

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