New segment of Kissimmee trail open and ready for exploration

Kissimmee residents have even more to explore this fall with the opening of a new section of the community’s latest recreational resource, Shingle Creek Regional Trail.

The city’s Public Works & Engineering Department announced this week the completion of a 1,800-foot section called “Arrow Ridge” that connects a phase ending near the Pioneer Village with the Shingle Creek Regional Trail section now complete behind the Tapestry development.

Arrow Ridge allows runners, cyclists and pedestrians a chance to exercise and explore the thick forest area that runs along Shingle Creek, creating a new section for visitors to check out just in time for Florida’s cool fall weather.

Work began on this section in May. The segment also includes a bike rack, two pavilions and two tables.

Arrow Ridge is wrapped up, but work continues on another, larger section dubbed Toho Vista South.

This project began over the summer and is slated to wrap up next October.

That project will add about 4,500 feet of new paved recreational trail and the construction of a 102-foot pedestrian bridge over the west city canal.

Once complete, the Toho Vista portion will connect with a residential bike path on Clyde Avenue that runs to Kissimmee Lakefront Park. It will then extend a little under a mile from Clyde Avenue through an undeveloped, natural area along Lake Tohopekaliga.

Shingle Creek Regional Trail opened to the public two years ago, and several more segments are in the planning or development stage. When it’s all done, the path will connect to other trail systems throughout Osceola and Orange counties.

Currently, the Shingle Creek Trail does connect with a different, six-mile long system called the Kissimmee Loop Trail. This trail is accessible one-quarter mile north of Columbia Avenue from Central Avenue to Hoagland Boulevard and three-fourths of a mile south of U.S. Highway 192 between Central and Hoagland.

Both Shingle Creek and the Kissimmee Loop Trail systems can be accessed at the Osceola County Historical Society Welcome Center at 4155 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee.