Connecting small communities and suburban neighborhoods, the 22-mile West Orange Trail is one of Florida's most popular rail-trails, thanks to its reputation and proximity to metro Orlando. Fifteen minutes northwest of downtown, the route serves as a window on the region's past and present, passing through 1950s communities that grew up around the once-thriving Orange Belt Railway, as well as more developed areas in this rapidly expanding metropolitan area.
Killarney Station, a modern take on an old-time train depot, anchors the southern trailhead. Here you'll find bike rentals, restrooms and water. From here the route leads northeast through the quiet, wooded community of Oakland before hitting downtown Winter Garden. For about 1 mile the trail threads down the middle of two-lane Plant Street, allowing trail users to browse the shops and restaurants of this lively community.
For the next 10 miles the trail pops in and out of thinly wooded areas, occasionally passing orange groves that speak to the county's agricultural roots. This stretch is open to equestrian use.
Beyond lies Apopka, one of central Florida's fastest growing communities. You'll soon cross busy US 441 along Forest Avenue. The trail runs 3 more miles along North Park Avenue before ending at the northern trailhead on East Welch Road.
To reach the Killarney Station trailhead from Orlando, take Florida's Turnpike to Exit 272 and head west on Route 50/West Colonial Drive. In less than 1 mile, turn right on Deer Island Road and take the next left on Old SR 50 East. Killarney Station is 0.5 mile ahead on the left. Parking is available.
To reach the northern trailhead, take I-4 to Route 50/West Colonial Drive and head west. Within 1 mile, turn right on US 441 and drive north 11.5 miles to Route 435. Turn right on Route 435 and look for the trailhead 2.25 miles ahead on the right, where Route 435 and East Welch Road intersect. While there is no parking at this trailhead, you can park along the route.
For more information on where to park and trail amenities, refer to the West Orange Trail brochure
West Orange Trail-Chapin Station
501 Crown Point Cross Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787
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