13 Running Trails In Orlando to Explore
Orlando has a little bit of everything—from vibrant nightlife to vegan restaurants—and its variety of running trails reflect this eclectic city. Whether you’re interested in pounding the pavement alongside Lake Eola or experiencing the magic of Walt Disney World, there are numerous running trails in Orlando to explore.
Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail
An ambitious effort to create a continuous multi-use trail that connects from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, Florida’s Coast-to-Coast Trail spans 250 miles and is nearly complete. Linking the communities between St. Petersburg and Titusville, many of Orlando’s running trails help to connect Florida’s coasts.
Orlando Urban Trail
Located near Downtown Orlando, the Orlando Urban Trail makes up the spine of Orlando’s trail network. Roughly three miles long and 12 feet wide, this trail takes you through Orlando’s greatest sites, including connections to six lakes as well as Orlando Cultural Park and Gaston Edwards Trail. As you wind your way through Loch Haven Park and the Dinky Line, keep your eyes open for turtles, blue herons, and other wildlife.
Roughly a mile around, Lake Eola is a common place to spot runners Downtown. The swans, birds, and other wildlife that inhabit the park will liven up your run while the numerous art installations will inspire you. This route is great for all skill levels, and dogs are more than welcome as long as they're leashed.
Cady Way Trail
Running from the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Howell Branch Road, Cady Way Trail will take you through Winter Park. This trail stretches six and a half miles, following a former railway corridor that linked the recreational and residential areas of Winter Park with the neighboring Orange County neighborhoods. Cady Way Trail is lined with plenty of shelters and rest stops as well as numerous water fountains.
New Balance Running Trail
If you’re spending time at any of the Walt Disney World resorts and want to make sure you get some runs in, New Balance worked with the park to create various running trails throughout Disney properties. Find trails at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Fort Wilderness, Disney’s Grand Floridian, and Disney's Polynesian Village resorts.
Cross Seminole Trail
This 23-mile paved bike path takes you throughout Seminole County. This trail has many connections, allowing you to explore the cities of Orlando, Oviedo, and Winter Springs. The trail is home to Big Tree Park, a forest of ancient trees located within the Spring Hammock Preserve. The Cross Seminole Trail is divided into multiple smaller trails, including Cross Seminole Trail North and Cross Seminole Trail West, making it perfect for runners of any experience.
Lake Baldwin Trail
The center of Baldwin Park, Baldwin Lake is home to a 2.5-mile paved loop that wraps its way around the lake. Lake Baldwin Trail connects to both the Cady Way Trail and the Cross Seminole Trail. It’s also home to Lake Baldwin Park, a dog-friendly park where, from 8 a.m. to sunset, dogs are more than welcome to be off their leash. Consider joining one of the many run clubs in the area, such as Tactical Brewing’s Run Club, to meet up with people who share your passion for running.
Turkey Lake Nature Trail
Great for beginners, Turkey Lake Trail is located near Doctor Phillips. At just over 1.8 miles, this paved trail offers plenty of shade as well as educational plaques about both the local plants and animals that you may spot while on the trail. Turkey Lake Trail offers scenic views and is known for its fishing, thanks to its limited boat access and active lake management.
West Orange Trail
This 22-mile world-class trail will take you from the Orange/Lake County line through Winter Garden, all the way to downtown Apopka. This paved, multi-use trail was built along old railroad alignments and has parking, restroom facilities, and drinking fountains along the way. West Orange Trail winds through both the urban and suburban parts of Orange County and even includes a butterfly garden located at its Tildenville outpost.
South Lake/Minneola Scenic Trail
Located close to Clermont, South Lake Trail is a scenic route that takes you along Lake Minneola. At 13 miles long, South Lake Trail also connects with the West Orange Trail, providing you with 36 miles of continuous trails. While this trail is dog-friendly, dogs will need to be leashed at all times.
Centered in Clermont, Hancock Trail connects with the South Lake Trail. At 6.5 miles, this wide, paved road includes long sand ridge hills. Note that this trail offers little parking and requires you to cross several busy intersections.
One of the best places to live around Disney World, the planned community Celebration hosts both the Celebration marathon and half-marathon each January. The course takes you on multiple boardwalk paths and through the town center. The Celebration Marathon is certified with USATF, meaning it can help you qualify for the Boston Marathon. For training information, check out the TriJunkies Triathlon and Running Group.
Split Oak Forest Green Trail
Located in Split Oak Forest, this 3.4-mile trail is of moderate difficulty. While running this trail, which weaves its way throughout the 2,000-acre park, you may spot the gopher tortoise. This trail offers the opportunity for wildlife viewing, and it's home to a 200-year-old live oak tree that was split down the middle—and survived.