Orlando is known for its proximity to Disney World, Lake Okeechobee, and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a wonderful tourist destination primed for those health-oriented individuals who need a shot of Vitamin D (sunshine) and fresh seaside air. It’s also not a bad place to work out! Runners will rejoice, because there are plenty of trails that weave in or around this great city. Here are some of the best places to go running in Orlando!
If you’re willing to drive, we strongly recommend visiting the Florida Trail, a 1200-mile national scenic trail — and one of the longest continuous paths in the United States. It’s different from the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail in more ways than one. The Florida Trail is flatter, sunnier, rainier, and many parts are constantly under water. But don’t worry — there are plenty of dry sections for those who don’t want to get wet!
We caught up with a client of Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou (https://www.orlandofamilyteam.com/), who said that she met up with an attorney near the Gaston Edwards Park. Having never been there herself, she decided to take off along the Orlando Urban Trail. She said, “I only visited Orlando for this meeting, and little did I know it was such a great city for running paths. My attorney pointed out the trail. As soon as we parted ways, I went running.”
The Orlando Urban Trail is a six-mile trek alongside lakes and roads. It starts in Gaston Edward Park. It’s also a great option for tourists, as it passes the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Botanical Garden, and the Orlando Science Center.
If you’re in the Downtown Orlando area, then you can visit the Cady Way Trail. Find your way to the Fashion Square Mall (and maybe visit inside), and go from there to Winter Park along the track. This path is nearly six miles long, but you can add around a mile by heading toward Baldwin Lake.
Visiting Disney? Check in at the information desk for help finding the park’s 16 miles of multi-use trails. There are tracks laid out around the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, Epcot, Hotel Boulevard and Downtown Disney, and the Convention Center near Universal Studios. Most of the paths are short and sweet, but you’ll want to get them out of the way early anyway — because why else would you visit Disney if not to experience the park itself?
Florida is known for its rail trails (and there are a lot of them because the state is so very flat), and the 22-mile West Orange Trail ranks as one of the best. It cuts through Orange County (not to be confused with the Californian OC) from Killarney Station to Welch Roach. You can also take the West Orange Trail to the Minneola Scenic Trail by jumping on a short spur trail.