October 06, 2017

22 beautiful and easy hikes in the Orlando area

Get away from the crowds and enjoy the outdoors here in Florida. It's hiking time!

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Florida Trail, Wheeler Road to Joshua Creek
Hatbill Road, Mims 
With a $2-per-person fee at Joshua Creek Trailhead, this dog-friendly trail runs through Seminole Ranch and features ancient oaks and shaded hammocks. Hikers traveling along this 9.4-mile trail have plenty to view as the trail routes out of Orlando Wetlands Park and closer to the St. Johns River. 
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Florida Trail, Wheeler Road to Joshua Creek

Hatbill Road, Mims
With a $2-per-person fee at Joshua Creek Trailhead, this dog-friendly trail runs through Seminole Ranch and features ancient oaks and shaded hammocks. Hikers traveling along this 9.4-mile trail have plenty to view as the trail routes out of Orlando Wetlands Park and closer to the St. Johns River.

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Twin Oaks Conservation Area
2001 Macy Island Road, Kissimmee 
Now serving as a 370-acre conservation area in Osceola County, this area consists of trails that are open for both hikers and equestrians. The 1.9-mile area also features a canoe launch, fishing pier and overnight campsite.
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Twin Oaks Conservation Area

2001 Macy Island Road, Kissimmee
Now serving as a 370-acre conservation area in Osceola County, this area consists of trails that are open for both hikers and equestrians. The 1.9-mile area also features a canoe launch, fishing pier and overnight campsite.

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Bear Creek Nature Trail
1535 Winter Springs Blvd., Winter Springs, FL 32708 
It may be smaller than other trails, but it’s this very aspect, as well as the guiding light that is its loop shape, that makes this a perfect fit for the more inexperienced hikers out there. Follow along the creek for almost a mile for a free walk encompassing you in cypress, oaks and palms. 
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Bear Creek Nature Trail

1535 Winter Springs Blvd., Winter Springs, FL 32708
It may be smaller than other trails, but it’s this very aspect, as well as the guiding light that is its loop shape, that makes this a perfect fit for the more inexperienced hikers out there. Follow along the creek for almost a mile for a free walk encompassing you in cypress, oaks and palms.

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Big Tree Park
761 General Hutchinson Parkway, Longwood 
History has been growing here for a while now. The park was once known for being the home of The Senator, the oldest big cypress in the world until it was burned down by a fire in 2012, but visitors can still trek past many trees around the thousand-year mark. Make sure to stop by and see Lady Liberty, the most notable of these oldies on the free 0.3 trail, but get out before they lock the gates at sunset.
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Big Tree Park

761 General Hutchinson Parkway, Longwood
History has been growing here for a while now. The park was once known for being the home of The Senator, the oldest big cypress in the world until it was burned down by a fire in 2012, but visitors can still trek past many trees around the thousand-year mark. Make sure to stop by and see Lady Liberty, the most notable of these oldies on the free 0.3 trail, but get out before they lock the gates at sunset.

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Disney Wilderness Preserve
2700 Scrub Jay Trail Kissimmee 
The Mouse presents to you a “choose your own adventure” of sorts. Hikers can early on decide to exit onto the short 1-mile route or stretch out their day by continuing on the 2.5-mile trail. Bird enthusiasts who get there at the beginning of the day will find this to be an ideal location to spy on their feathered friends. Your time there is free, but they will hint-hint, nudge-nudge you for a $2 donation. Some areas are temporarily closed due to Hurricane Irma. 
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Disney Wilderness Preserve

2700 Scrub Jay Trail Kissimmee
The Mouse presents to you a “choose your own adventure” of sorts. Hikers can early on decide to exit onto the short 1-mile route or stretch out their day by continuing on the 2.5-mile trail. Bird enthusiasts who get there at the beginning of the day will find this to be an ideal location to spy on their feathered friends. Your time there is free, but they will hint-hint, nudge-nudge you for a $2 donation. Some areas are temporarily closed due to Hurricane Irma.

Photo via fl_wildcorridor/Instagram
Bill Frederick Park
3401 S. Hiawassee Road 
For just $2 per individual, you and your leashed pet can explore this local two-mile treat. Signs along your way will help you understand the foliage that has taken its hold on the park while a stop at a lake in the park will present you with a temporary marshy environment. If you want to hear the calming sounds of wildlife, however, add a nature album to your phone since the trail is right next to the hustle and bustle of the turnpike.
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Bill Frederick Park

3401 S. Hiawassee Road
For just $2 per individual, you and your leashed pet can explore this local two-mile treat. Signs along your way will help you understand the foliage that has taken its hold on the park while a stop at a lake in the park will present you with a temporary marshy environment. If you want to hear the calming sounds of wildlife, however, add a nature album to your phone since the trail is right next to the hustle and bustle of the turnpike.

Photo via sofiaolivapov/Instagram
Florida Trail, Bronson State Park
1350 Snow Hill Road, Geneva 
Anyone deciding to take it slow on this 2.2-mile trail won’t be the only one for there are gopher tortoises aplenty sludging through the area. Before you head out with your $2 entry fee in hand, check the hunting schedule, which can limit the hiking and camping options. If you’re marching into this stop on the Florida Trail during said season, make sure to wear blaze orange so some hunter doesn’t pull a Dick Cheney on you.
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Florida Trail, Bronson State Park

1350 Snow Hill Road, Geneva
Anyone deciding to take it slow on this 2.2-mile trail won’t be the only one for there are gopher tortoises aplenty sludging through the area. Before you head out with your $2 entry fee in hand, check the hunting schedule, which can limit the hiking and camping options. If you’re marching into this stop on the Florida Trail during said season, make sure to wear blaze orange so some hunter doesn’t pull a Dick Cheney on you.

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Black Bear Wilderness Loop Trail
5298 Michigan Ave., Sanford 
This one is for the more skilled nature lovers out there. Bathe yourself in some bug spray and grip on tight to your walking stick in preparation for this seven-mile adventure that’s sure to have you covered on leg day. If you decide to rest at one of the primitive campsites, be sure to have your bear bag or canister ready. Although dogs are allowed, it’s recommended that hikers leave them at home if they wish to see some of the boars, deer and, yes, bears that creep along the path.
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Black Bear Wilderness Loop Trail

5298 Michigan Ave., Sanford
This one is for the more skilled nature lovers out there. Bathe yourself in some bug spray and grip on tight to your walking stick in preparation for this seven-mile adventure that’s sure to have you covered on leg day. If you decide to rest at one of the primitive campsites, be sure to have your bear bag or canister ready. Although dogs are allowed, it’s recommended that hikers leave them at home if they wish to see some of the boars, deer and, yes, bears that creep along the path.

Photo via she_shines_wild/Instagram
Black Hammock WIlderness Area
3276 Howard Ave., Oviedo 
Located in the nostalgic folds of Old Florida, this trail immediately starts off with something a bit different than its competitors. Collect some seashells at the beginning of your free 4.5-mile hike and later cross onto the trail’s famous boardwalks that take you high above the ground for your bromeliad-viewing pleasure.
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Black Hammock WIlderness Area

3276 Howard Ave., Oviedo
Located in the nostalgic folds of Old Florida, this trail immediately starts off with something a bit different than its competitors. Collect some seashells at the beginning of your free 4.5-mile hike and later cross onto the trail’s famous boardwalks that take you high above the ground for your bromeliad-viewing pleasure.

Photo via nature_nomad/Instagram
Lake Mills Park
1301 Tropical Ave., Chuluota 
You may be tempted to get out your phone and take some Instagram-worthy photos, but try your best to enjoy the park’s beauty without the distraction of technology. Lake Mills Park is only 0.8 miles long, but hikers can bring along their pooch and view all of the park’s beauty for free: tall cypresses, oaks and a lakefront for fishing or kayaking. 
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Lake Mills Park

1301 Tropical Ave., Chuluota
You may be tempted to get out your phone and take some Instagram-worthy photos, but try your best to enjoy the park’s beauty without the distraction of technology. Lake Mills Park is only 0.8 miles long, but hikers can bring along their pooch and view all of the park’s beauty for free: tall cypresses, oaks and a lakefront for fishing or kayaking.

Photo via stargazer_fox/Instagram