Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL)

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Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL) Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Orange, Osceola
Length: 17.7 miles
Trail end points: Eagle Nest Park (Orlando) and Kissimmee Lakefront Park (Kissimmee)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8656605

Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL) Description

After 30 years of planning, the first segment of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail opened in Kissimmee in November 2016. The paved trail startled with humble beginnings of just over 1 mile, beginning near Steffee Landing, south of US Highway 192, and running past the Osceola County Welcome Center and Historical Museum to end at Pioneer Village, with the route is shaded by a dense canopy of cypress trees. As of 2021, however, over 17 miles of this planned 32-mile regional trail are now open for trail users of all stripes to enjoy.

In Orlando, a lengthy segment of the trail is complete between Eagle Nest Park - including a loop around the lovely waters of Lake Fran - and Destination Parkway seven miles to the south. The segment's southern end begins along an isolated, shady corridor, heading north into more suburban surrounds at W. Oak Ridge Road in southwest Orlando, where it parallels the roadway heading east, bordering a large shopping complex before turning north at Millenia Boulevard. The trail crosses under I-4 and then parallels Vineland Road a short distance before it takes a northwest turn into a quiet residential neighborhood away from the street. As the trail approaches its northern end, it parallels President Barack Obama Parkway up to Eagle Nest Park, where picnic pavilions, ball fields, restrooms, and other amenities are available.

In Kissimmee, the trail runs around almost the entirety of the city's west and south sides, from just south of Osceola Parkway to the city's Kissimmee Lakefront Park. Portions of the route along Hoagland Boulevard consist of narrower, less scenic sidepath, while a major gap still exists between the trail's terminus in the park and the rest of the route.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the Osceola County Welcome Center (4155 W. Vine St., Kissimmee). On the northern trail segment, parking is available in Eagle Nest Park (5165 Metrowest Blvd., Orlando).

Shingle Creek Regional Trail (FL) Reviews

very disjointed trail

The two parts of (the northern section of) this trail could not be more different. From Eagles Nest Park to Millenia is along busy roads, crossing streets, poorly paved, unmarked, and unmaintained. But then starting at Artegon, over to Sand Lake Rd and finally to the current end at Destination Pkwy, is absolutely beautiful. Quiet, serene, and meticulously well kept, with signage and trail markers a plenty. I hope Orlando or Orange County will consider improving the first half of this section as they also advance plans to create the next phase of the trail, connecting it to its other part in Kissimmee.

Relaxing Trail With Historical Value

While traveling, my wife and I were Pleased to enjoy this entire trail. It features a shared space between a nature preserve and residential area. Trail head also includes a visitor center that was an enjoyable stop as well, learning about the environmental and cultural history of the area. The most exciting aspect was to learn that we were biking along a watershed that is the start of the Everglades.

Not much fun crossing busy streets. We turned around and went home halfway into the ride. Too much work.

Not much fun crossing busy streets. We turned around and went home halfway into the ride. Too much work.

Longer section open

I was happily surprised to see a new section of this trail open, south of Oak Ride. There’s a good length that you can travel south all the way to Sand Lake Road. Beware a section that is being repaired just north of LB McLeod … but it’s possible to walk your bike past in the travel lane when clear. I do wish there was more signage overall

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First Time Riders

Visiting Orlando, first time we brought our bikes. Looked this up on the App. Enjoyed the rides on the well paved trail. Overcast February day, so sun was not a problem. Great warm up ride for a casual 1 hour ride out and back.

Ride on December 18, 2020

Experienced a bit of difficulty finding parking but eventually solved that problem. The trail is nice and the section my wife and I rode was scenic. In all honesty this trail is too urban for my tastes but I can see how it would appeal to locals for walking, running and recreational riding.

Favorite Daily Route

I pick up the trail at Destination Parkway and go all the way up to Oak Ridge (3 miles total). It's well maintained, and really quite beautiful and peaceful. I incorporate these two sections into my daily ride and love it every time! The Destination Parkway to Sand Lakr road section is 1 mile along a canal setting. Lots of Sandhill Cranes to be seen, and some snakes (be careful, they're pretty venomous), but never any gators, which I have seen on the Sand Lake to Oak Ridge section (2 miles) in the lakes/ponds. This is a popular multi use trail, so be aware of people walking/running.

Very nice but short

Trail is in great shape.. nice view as you ride.. It is very short 8.5 mile round trip..

What a nice surprise. Parking available at the former Artegon parking lot on the corner of Oakridge Road and International Drive

What a nice surprise. Parking available at the former Artegon parking lot on the corner of Oakridge Road and International Drive

Well Shaded, Abundant Wildlife

Enjoy a early morning ride through the Shingle Creek Preserve and Sanctuary. Well shaded and nice wide path. During my ride saw several species NOC birds, snake crossing my path,, alligator in the one of the many lakes. Path ends just North of Carol Street however the path is being extended over Osceola Parkway and will exited and additional 30 miles.

First Bike Trail

First bike trail I’ve ridden since moving to Florida. I really enjoyed this one. Goes past the Kissimmee Historic Society, & it’s a very scenic ride.

Ample Parking @ Osceola Welcome Center (across the street)

Kissimmee is doing a great job with this Trail!. I enjoyed the connection ride from Shingle Creek to Kissimmee Loop Trail That BRIDGE OVER John Young Parkway is a MUST, very pretty and a fun ride. Plenty of places for pictures, and selfies. Loved the ride alongside the creek. I will submit pics as soon as I download them. Can’t wait to see more connections added to this project. Tip: get there during the earlier part of the day. The roadway to get there is busy with traffic.

Nice trail with varied scenery

We rode the trail in early February and were pleasantly surprised. We got a few extra miles by riding from our house to the Shingle Creek Regional Park - Steffee Landing. That would be a good starting point if you are driving. There is a tunnel that passes under Route 192. The trail is asphalt most of the way and is relatively flat and the trail is wide. The loop around Pioneer Village is packed dirt and is well maintained. There are many spurs around on this trail, each one offering something worth seeing.

Now open from Tapestry to 192 - January 2019

They have opened the section that joins the two pieces shown on the map. Thus one can join the trail at the Tapestry development off Dyer Blvd and go all the way to Kissimmee Lakefront or to Pioneer Village. Great addition. Looking forward to them finishing off the northern section up to Osceola Parkway next as they acquired the easement rights in 2018.

Excelente trail

Es una pista corta pero suficiente para hacer un circuito de 5 km ida y vuelta. Excelente opción para correr alrededor de las 7 a 9 am, hay sombra casi todo el recorrido. Nos encontramos conejos, garzas y pavo reales.

Beautiful Setting + Nice Amenities = Great Trail

Wonderful way to spend the day in Kissimmee. Start off with a walk or ride and when it gets warm rent a kayak and paddle along the canopy covered creek. Can't wait for the future segments to be built and the trail connect with the Coast to Coast Connector!

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