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Happy trails to you in Orlando North

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Cycling enthusiasts receive a hearty welcome and plenty of opportunities to ride — and do so safely — along the trails that wind through Orlando North, Seminole County’s many communities. Riders can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the local terrain while exploring up close and pausing as the mood strikes.

The county’s well-kept hiking and biking trails curve through parkland, streetscapes, and waterfront locales. The paths are flat, as is most all of Florida, making the sport enjoyable for all skill levels: school kids, seniors, families, as well as seasoned riders.

Cycling through Seminole County also offers a great way to stop and smell the flowers, pop into a mom-and-pop eatery, chain up along an estuary and rent a canoe/kayak for an additional workout, or hail a local LYNX bus equipped with bike rack holder to get you elsewhere even quicker.

You can run, hike or bike Seminole County’s most popular trails, and download trail maps for:

• he 14-mile Flagler Trail, which runs across several of Seminole County’s most scenic wilderness areas of Chuluota and Geneva, and is great for bird watching;

• he 23-mile Cross Seminole Trail, ideal for hiking, cycling and horseback riding, takes you through Oviedo, Winter Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary and Sanford;

• he 14-mile Seminole-Wekiva Trail, which includes Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary and Sanford, is a rail trail that runs alongside the tracks of Florida’s old Orange Beltway Railway, at one time the longest railroad in the country.

Each of these trails are part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, a federally designated, non-motorized, recreation trail that spans approximately 1,300 miles across some of the state’s most beautiful and unique landscapes. This website provides additional background, maps and more on these three trails.

The trails provide easy access to such amenities as picnic tables, water fountains, sports fields, and restrooms. Views range from sandy-edged ponds, to scrub forest, river and marsh views, horse paddocks, as well as urban and suburban scenery. So check your tire pressure, put on your helmet, and pedal your way through Orlando North, Seminole County.

For destination information call 1-800-800-7832 or 407-665-2900 or visit