Orlando’s lovely year-round weather makes it a great place to hike at any time of the year. If you’ve booked your flights to Orlando and want to get some exercise while enjoying nature’s beauty out there, consider trying one at least one of the following trails on your visit.
West Orange Trail
After those flights to Orlando, a stroll through the trail will not only a much-needed breath of fresh air (literally), but also a way for you to catch some unbelievable views of Orlando’s bountiful, natural beauty. West Orange Trail gets high ratings from those who have used it, and it is not hard to see why. The trail is wide, making it easy to hike even if it is a bit crowded. The view continually changes as you pass orange groves, a butterfly garden, the Oakland Nature Preserve, a private home with exotic animals and much more. The trail winds through the downtown Winter Garden area so you can easily take a break and get a bite to eat before continuing your hike.
Pine Island East Loop Trail
Pine Island East Loop Trail is ideal if you already have some hiking experience. It is 3.5 miles long and the traffic is moderate but not overbearing. It is open year round and there are plenty of things to see as you walk, including a river, cypress trees, gum trees, prairies and local wildlife. There are picnic areas where you can stop and rest if you get tired, as well as other nearby trails if you feel inclined to do a bit more exploring.
Cady Way Trail
This particular trail is nearly 13 miles long but you can start and stop your hike anywhere you like. It is an easy-to-hike trail that is ideal for first-time hikers and those who do not have a lot of physical stamina. The scenery is lovely, and you can even take your pet dog with you as long as you keep it on a leash. Cady Way Trail is open year round and gets a lot of traffic at all hours of the day.
Moss Park: Swamp Trail
If you want a challenging trail that is off the beaten path and does not get much traffic, then head off to Swamp Trail. The point-to-point hiking trail is less than a mile long but offers a great workout for young and old alike. The view is remarkable as you will see local plants and flowers as you hike. The trail is open year round and is found in Split Oak Forest on the Southeastern side of Orlando city.
Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola Park is conveniently located in downtown Orlando, making it an easy destination for those who do not want to spend a long time traveling to and from a good hiking spot. At the same time, you don’t feel the hustle and bustle of the downtown area as you hike. There are a lovely lake and fountain in the park, and the trail is about 4 miles long. Like many other Orlando hiking trails, it is also open to the public year-round.