One of Orlando’s most popular paved trails, the Little Econ Greenway offers many scenic views along its namesake river. Like most people, I started my ride from Blanchard Park, the trail’s centerpiece. Here you can enjoy extensive facilities, including a YMCA (with a swimming pool), tennis courts, playgrounds, soccer fields, basketball courts, hiking trails, pavilions, picnic benches, river access along the park’s entire length, and a dam that’s a popular fishing spot.
While I rode out to the trail’s eastern end at Alafaya Trail, the prime stretch of trail is between Rouse Road to the east and North Goldenrod Road to the west. The trail does extend one more block west to Forsyth Road, but there’s really no point in crossing crazy busy Goldenrod for that, especially since the river starts at Goldenrod and flows east. Eventually the trail is supposed to connect UCF to the east with the Cady Way Trail to the west.
The Little Econlockhatchee River feeds the Econlockhatchee River, which in turn feeds the St. Johns River, Florida’s longest river and a semi-rarity in that it flows north…when it’s not flowing backwards. Like most of Florida’s rivers, it’s very lazy, except after torrential rains. Wildlife love this nice little river, especially birds of all feathers.
Whether you bike it, hike it, roller blade it, or even paddle the river, it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area. Take a look at the video, trail map and links provided for the full picture — see what you think. Looking for other places to experience Florida’s great outdoors? Where-to-Go provides links arranged by activity and by county statewide. The Bucket List showcases the places I’ve personally documented. Somewhere near you there are awesome outdoor things to do. You should go.