The Chain of Lakes Trail stretches for more than 3 miles along a former railroad bed from downtown Winter Haven north to Lake Alfred in central Florida. As its name implies, you'll pass numerous lakes along the way, as well as parks, neighborhoods and businesses.
After the first mile (from the trail's southern endpoint), you'll approach busy Avenue T. To reach the northern section of the trail, turn left (west) at the roadway and travel on the sidewalk to the pedestrian crossing just past Inman Park (at the U.S. Highway 17 intersection). Once across, travel back east along the Avenue T sidewalk to the trail.
The pathway continues north another two miles to U.S. Highway 17/92.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking is available at the southern end of the trail in Winter Haven at the Chain of Lakes Downtown Trailhead Park (611 Third Street, NW) and at Inman Park (8th Street NW).
Nice Urban Trail
The first part of the trail runs parallel to MLK blvd., so it doesn't quite feel like a nature trail per se. Crossing Ave. T was fine. I would recommend just waiting until traffic dies down as the proper crosswalks would take you out of your way. After ...
1st Trail ride.
We treated ourselves to early Christmas presents, new bikes. This was a great ride. We were a little apprehensive after reading some of the other reviews but, at the end of the ride we had no regrets. Ave T was the biggest obstacle but, by taking our ...
I took my .38
I only rode the part north of Ave T and saw the nice bridge followed by the hood. Bum walking around the area. I took no chances with this one.