About 20 miles west of Orlando, the South Lake Trail (also known as Lake Minneola Scenic Trail) takes in some of central Florida's most spectacular prospects. Nowhere in this region will you find more hills, lakes and wide-open vistas than along this 13-mile paved trail. The trail is also part of a larger network called the Coast-to-Coast Connector, which will stretch across central Florida from St. Petersburg to Cape Canaveral.
This trail starts where the West Orange Trail ends at the Killarney Station trailhead. From there, it meanders through hilltops and wooded valleys to Hancock Road, where you can test your hill-climbing skills and ride southeast to Lake-Sumter Community College, or continue west to the shore of Lake Minneola in Clermont. On a clear day, you'll have wonderful views of the entire region, from glimmering lakes to the Orlando skyline. Streetlamps allow for safe nighttime use on this heavily used section.
As it skirts the southern shore, the trail offers beautiful views of the lake. Clermont Public Beach boasts cool water and such trailside amenities as restrooms, picnic tables and parking. Any of the side streets leading away from the lake will take you to shops and restaurants in downtown Clermont.
In 2015, the trail was extended farther west of Clermont to Silver Eagle Road (ending across from the Green Valley Golf Club). The new segment includes two new pedestrian bridges.
From Orlando, take SR 50 west to US 27. Take a right on US 27 (heading north) and continue to Old Highway 50. Take a right (heading east) and follow until you see signs for the trail.
To reach the Lake Minneola trailhead from SR 561 in Clermont, skirt the south shore of the lake, turn right on Washington Street/Old Highway 50 and continue east until you see signs for the trail.
To reach the western trailhead, take SR 50 to 12th Street in Clermont and head north for 0.5 mile. The trailhead entrance is on the right.
Parking is available at both trailheads, and additional parking is available along the route. Check the TrailLink map for more locations.