I rode the Cady Way Trail from Goldenrod Park, near its connection with the Cross Seminole Trail, to its southwestern end near Fashion Square Mall. From the park to the bridge across Semoran Blvd. (S.R. 436) there are industrial/commercial operations on both sides. Scenic it is not.
Once across Semoran Blvd. the trail runs between neighborhoods with nice shady patches. Ward Park is not far down the trail, where the Winter Park YMCA operates the Cady Way Pool. Moving southwest you soon run into a “T” intersection at Lake Baldwin Lane in Baldwin Park. I turned left first and followed it out to Colonial Drive (S.R. 50).
With no continued trail at Colonial, I turned around and went back to pick up Cady Way to the west of Lake Baldwin Lane. You’re mostly on the outskirts of the Baldwin Park neighborhood until Bennett Road, then it gets commercial/industrial until the trail’s nearby end. Or beginning.
Looking for more scenery, I decided to take the other direction at the “T” on Lake Baldwin Drive and head to Lake Susannah. This was a nice little addition to the Cady Way ride. Acres of water lilies were in bloom along the west side of the lake. Here it passes through Mid Lakes Park and ends at Harston Ave., so I turned right and followed Harston to Susannah Blvd. and then Beach Blvd. to complete circling the lake.
Once back at the Cady Way Trail, I headed back the way I came, riding just past Goldenrod Park to the Seminole County line, where the trail becomes the Cross Seminole Trail…a tale for another day. I should mention that you can connect from the Lake Susannah Trail to Lake Baldwin on a spur that runs along Foss Avenue. Another paved trail runs around the entire perimeter of Lake Baldwin, about 2.5 miles. Still want more? You can hop over to Blue Jacket Park from Lake Baldwin and add a few more miles of paved trails.
My philosophy on trails is the more remote the better, so the Cady Way is not one of my favorites. That said, it beats sitting on the couch. I was able to find a fair amount of beauty, particularly in the Baldwin Park area, despite its urban congestion. Check out the video and maps below, along with the links provided — you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Looking for other places to enjoy biking, hiking, paddling and more in Florida’s great outdoors? See Where-to-Go and the Bucket List of places I’ve personally experienced. Florida’s Natural Wonders are out there waiting for you, so go have some fun!