With temps rising already in Florida, it’s a great time to get outside and start your 2020 with a reconnection to nature. Orlando in particular has plenty of amazing hiking trails, some hidden right in the middle of the bustling city! From scenic lake views to elevated boardwalk trails, you’ll be getting all your steps in and treating your eyes and spirit to some beautiful views at the same time. Here are some top hiking trails in Orlando.
Spring Hammock Preserve
When: Open daily, dawn to dusk
Address: 2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood, FL
Why You Need To Go: These boardwalk trails will take you under canopies of lush palms with plenty of beautiful wildflowers scattered around the trails. Perfect for beginners and seasoned hikers alike, there are several different trails to choose from with different lengths.
Disney Wilderness Preserve
When: Open daily
Address: 2700 Scrub Jay Trail, Poinciana, FL
Why You Need To Go: Disney really does have something for everyone, and if you’re looking to get away from the crowds and for a more scenic place to get your steps in, the Disney Wildlife Preserve is a great place to check out. A purposeful purchase while still expanding its theme parks, this preserve was Disney’s way of contributing to nature conservation. With over 11,500 acres to explore, it’s the Hundred Acre Wood, and then some!
The Seminole-Wekiva Trail
When: Open dusk to dawn
Address: 2993 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, FL
Why You Need To Go: A local favorite of 14 miles, the trail runs through the suburbs of Orlando, Altamonte Springs, and Lake Mary. A good trail if you’re looking for something a little closer to home and less remote, it’s well-marked, generally well-populated, and also home to some beautiful urban street art.
Bear Creek Nature Trail
When: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 1535 Winter Springs Blvd, Winter Springs, FL
Why You Need To Go: While you won’t be finding any bears on this trail, you will find plenty of beautiful flora to admire. A great trail for hiking and biking, it’s surrounded by nature and runs in a loop, so there’s no chance of getting lost.
Big Tree Park
When: 8 a.m. to dusk
Address: 761 General Hutchison Parkway, Longwood, FL
Why You Need To Go: Though no longer home to the oldest tree in Orlando, as it burned down in a fire in 2012, Big Tree Park is still famous for its former resident, and the massive bald cypress trees it still holds. Guests can wander through ancient tree trunks and admire the resiliency of nature.
Black Hammock Trail
When: Dawn to dusk
Address: 3276 Howard Ave, Oviedo, FL
Why You Need To Go: Thirty minutes from downtown Orlando, you won’t be disturbed by any road noise at this scenic route. The boardwalk trail will take you through tunnels of lush vegetation and delicious smelling pine forests. Shaded by canopies of trees, it’s also a great place to beat the Florida heat.