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.
Parking and Trail Access
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
Please stop the Development
I really love this trail! The only problem is the huge amount of new development along the trail. We love the trail for its balance of quaint town and nature...but the scales have already been tipped in the wrong direction. The very reason we love this ...
We rode the trail Saturday 10/12/13. No events or epics. No flats in Apopka. Very nice trail end to end with nice lunch options and Saturday morning market in Winter Garden. The curb transitions are bone jarring. If you miss the right turn to Apopka the ...
trek verve 4
BONUS ALERT, I had not seen this mentioned in any other postings but if you ride another 3.75 miles straight ahead North/past the end of the "official" end of the trail, which is Welch Road, up to Kelly Park Road, turn right, go 200 yards, turn left, ...