Let’s go for a hike, Orlando! Did you know there are hiking trails in Orlando? They might not be through the mountains, but there are definitely some cool, local spots you have to check out this weekend!
Grab your hiking shoes, Hydroflask, and best hiking outfit because we’re about to show you the 9 best hiking trails in Orlando!
Enjoy 22.26 miles of paved trail from the Orange/Lake County line, through Kilarney, Oakland, and Winter Garden, across US 441, and into Apopka to Welch Road. You’ll see beautiful sites along the way, and even a butterfly garden at Tildenville outpost!
If you don’t want to hike all 22 miles, there are a few places to rent bikes like at the Kilarney Station and Winter Garden Station. You can also roller skate, skateboard, or even horseback ride on the West Orange Trail as well!
Not only are the UCF Nature Trails one of the best kept secrets on campus, they’re also one of the best kept secrets in all of Orlando! Part of the University’s Arboretum program, these trails have 14 miles of peaceful Florida habitats that are great for a weekend hike!
Discover habitats like basin swamps, marshes, scrub flatwoods, hammocks, and prairies to name a few. There are picnic tables throughout the trails to take a break and gather with friends, or you can even take a guided tour of the Arboretum to learn a little more!
Not only does Blue Springs have incredible activities like manatee spotting, kayaking, and tubing, but they also have some great hiking trails you’ll want to explore this weekend!
Besides sea cows, other wildlife you might spot include wading birds, ospreys, kingfishers, eagles, and gopher tortoises. A great way to see these animals is a hike along the spring run, or the 4.5 Pine Island Trail. If heading to this hiking trail in Orlando this weekend, be sure to get there early, as the park often reaches capacity!
Take a stroll around the beautiful Lake Baldwin starting at Harbor Park right in downtown Baldwin Park. This paved path just over 4 miles long takes you around the lake passing through Blue Jacket Park and the Baldwin Park dog park!
Enjoy gorgeous sunsets from all sides of the lake, and find native flora and fauna that call Florida home. When you’ve worked up a sweat, head to one of the many restaurants on Lake Baldwin that offer incredible lakeside dining.
Just north of Orlando you’ll find Black Bear Wilderness in Seminole County. Hike through 16oo acres of wetland habitat within the St. John’s River floodplain, and discover wildlife like the white-tailed deer, swallow-tailed kite, and the Florida Black Bear.
From the parking area, you can hike along a 7.1 mile loop on the St. Johns River, and you can rest easy knowing there’s plenty of boardwalks to get you across some of the wet prairies and cypress swamps.
Grab your hiking shoes, or your bike, and hit the road! Orlando Urban Trail is the only hiking trail that travels right through the heart of Orlando, passing from Lake Highland to Loch Haven Park, and from Mead Garden to Winter Park. This trail has access to 6 Orlando lakes, Orlando Cultural Park, and the Gaston Edwards Trail.
The Orlando Urban Trail is about 3 miles long and includes off street paths and paved sections. It’s known as Orlando’s most urban and scenic trails and is considered the spine of Orlando’s trail network.
Originally a watering hole for cattle ranchers, Dickson Azalea Park has a lot of history in Orlando area, and officially became a park in 1924. One of the great places to hike in the park is the Washington Street Bridge, a South Florida-style structure in the center of the park.
Dickson Azalea Park is a perfect oasis for those looking to enjoy its shady trees, picturesque landscape, beautiful birds, and flowing water. Great if you want a quick nature hike close to the city!
Travel up to Apopka to experience the breathtaking Wekiwa Springs State Park hiking trails! With emerald springs feeding the Wekiwa river, you’ll find lush tropical hammocks and sandy uplands, this park is perfect for spotting native Florida wildlife.
Wekiwa Springs hiking trails in Orlando range anywhere for 8/10ths of a mile to 13.5 miles and travel through the various plant communities of the area. You might spot a white-tailed deer, gopher tortoise, turkeys, or maybe even a lone bobcat or Florida black bear.
The Orlando Wetlands Park is a man made wetland designed to treat reclaimed water from the City of Orlando. With over 1600 acres of wetlands, it provides the perfect habitat for Florida native species which results in the perfect place for a nature hike, bike ride, tram tours, and horseback riding throughout the park.
There is also an education center with exhibits and animal displays, and you can learn all about how the park is managed! Definitely one of the coolest and functional wetlands in Orlando!