Southeast - Road Riding in Kissimmee/Orlando
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01-19-10, 05:44 PM
I am going to central florida next week and i'm interested in finding out what the roads are like in the kissimme area for road riding. I'll be staying in an rv park in kissimmee and i'd like to be able to ride right out of the park. I talked to a shop in orlando and they recommended the west orange trail. Sounds nice and it might be the option I choose but i'm trying to keep from loading the bike in a car and driving somewhere to ride. I'd appreciate any comments and/or routes that you like in the area. Thanks.
01-21-10, 08:33 AM
The bike shop gave you good advise. Traffic around the theme parks is very bad. People are not familiar with the area and are looking at the sights and for road signs, they cross several lanes of traffic on impulse because they missed the turn that they wanted t make. Stay off of the roads around Kissimmee.The West Orange Trail is a good ride. At the western end of the trail it connects to The South Lake Trail for another 9 miles to Lake Mineola. very pretty.
01-21-10, 06:46 PM
Hey slo spoke, thanks for the advice. I guess i'll load the bike in the car and give the trail a try. It looks like I leave my campground and go west on rt 192 to rt 27 and then go north to Clermont. The trail head looks to be about a mile or so down hwy 50. How is the parking there and what should I be looking for? signs, parking lot? I appreciate you response to my question. Thanks
Yes, the bike shop gave you good advice. The Clermont area offers some really good cycling roads.
The best way to get to the trail head from where you are is to scoot over to the Floria Turnpike, take it North until you get to exit 272 (Clermont exit). Exit to the right here and, take a left on Colonial Dr which is Hwy 50. Go about a mile and there will be a convenience store on the right and Hwy 438 crosses here. Take a right then an immediate left on Old Hwy 50. Follow for about 1/4 mile and you're there. There are signs but, there is some road work going on and you might miss them. If any questions stop at the convenience store and ask directions.
There is plenty of parking at the trail head along with restrooms and a rental bike shop. Its a nice place. Like kjc said, riding around the lakes in that area is very pretty. There are some hills around too if you want to climb some. You can download some route maps from the Florida Freewheeler website. The Orlando shop can also give you advice on routes.
01-21-10, 08:57 PM
That sounds good. I appreciate the specifics. It's nice to be able to drive right to your destination in a town you haven't been to. Looking forward to the ride.
01-21-10, 09:56 PM
The trail head that Neal is talking about is Kilarney Station (his directions are spot on). You can also go north from the trail head around the east side of Lake Appopka if you want to avoid the hills. It goes for about 20+ miles I believe. At about mile marker 13 there is a beautiful Baddest Temple at a trail head. Down town Winter Garden is very nice, the trail runs right down the center of the main street. If you go that way stop at the French bakery, good place to eat. Also the BBQ restaurant next door is good.
01-21-10, 10:22 PM
Well this is getting better by the minute. I like the sound of the trail going north, east of the lake but being a west coaster, I like to climb hills too so I'll have to flip a coin or try to do it all if time allows. I'll go to the Florida Freewheeler site as suggested and check out the routes. Thanks again guys for dialing me in.
01-22-10, 08:21 AM
Keep the coin in your pocket, start early and go both ways. If you really like to climb, the Freewheelers have a good map of Sugar Loaf Mt. Not long or high but steeeeeeep. It will test you.... It is off the trail but the roads are good and traffic is not bad. If you take the South Lake Trail to US 27 you can go north for about 4 miles to The Lakeridge Winery and take the tour and sample some FL wine. US 27 is high traffic but you have a good wide burm to ride on. Just north of the Buddhist Temple is a large equestrian center. If there is anything going on the day that you are their it's worth a stop for a few minutes. Good trail head as well.
Enjoy your time in FL
01-22-10, 03:23 PM
Will do. Thanks again.
01-26-10, 07:25 PM
Marked by a circle, is this the one you're talking about? I'm 21.5 miles away from West Orange Trail.
I'm hoping to find another trails closer to my apartment.
Google assumes that I am paying for the toll so I adjusted the route to be in Colonial Drive instead (notice the dots in the route?).
I feel like I cannot stand the illegality of riding in the limited access facility, such as a toll road, but oh well... It'd be nice to explore scenery using a bike, even just to travel around semi-circle and travel through the underpass while smiling and looking at that small lake in the middle of the curve... No hard feelings to anyone, but it makes me feel like a second-class citizen... :(
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