Kudos to Orange County Parks, along with all the other agencies and municipalities involved in developing and maintaining this First Class multi-use trail. My wife and I had the pleasure of riding from Killarney Station to Ingram Outpost and back over the holidays, what you could call roughly the southern half of this 20.8 mile trail.
True to its Rails-to-Trails roots, a series of modernized railroad-like stations and outposts are strung out along its length, from Killarney Station on the southern Lake County border to Apopka Station. Chapin Station in Winter Garden is the anchor and a beautiful spot that includes the West Orange Recreation Center.
The only urban section of this part of the trail ran through the center of a revitalized downtown Winter Garden. Clean, trendy-looking shops line the streets and a bright yellow train car sits out on the sidewalk/trail — pretty nice for a short city ride.
Truly a great place for the whole family to ride. Well cared for facilities are at all stations, complete with restrooms, water and playgrounds. While there are some hills, none are really tough. There are several relatively long stretches clear of crossings, like streets and driveways. Check out the video below for a quick impression of our ride. I think you’ll agree it’s worth checking out. And for an extra bonus, the WOT connects seamlessly with the South Lake Trail System for many more miles of riding pleasure.
West Orange Trail PDF Brochure
Trailheads / Stations:
Killarney Station; 17914 SR 438 (Old SR 50) Winter Garden, FL 34787
Winter Garden Station; 455 E. Plant St. Winter Garden, Fl 34787
Chapin Station; 501 Crown Point Cross Rd. Winter Garden, Fl 34787
Apopka Station; 111 S. Forest Ave. Apopka, Fl 32703