Since the gyms have been closed Duncan and I have been having to get creative with our workouts. We do some at-home workouts, but being home all day can be a drag, especially since Florida has been having the BEST weather lately. We decided to start running. We've been working our way up to 1 mile of straight running everyday and are continuing to push ourselves every time. It helps when you have a beautiful view so we've explored Orlando and have come up with a list of the best trails in Orlando and will continue to add to this list.
Lake Baldwin Park
This is one of our favorites! The trail is a 2.6 mile loop and you get a little bit of everything. You go through a canopy of trees, a giant lake, and even past a shopping plaza with restaurants and small stores. You may also run into some wildlife like turtles or rabbits. The entire trail is paved and very clean. It's great for those who prefer skating or riding their bike.
Parking: there's plenty of free parking around the trail and a parking lot
Address: 2000 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32780
Orlando Urban Trail
If you want to explore the city of Orlando, this is the trail for you. It's a 3 mile trail in Downtown Orlando that goes through parks, lakes, bridges, and local businesses. The trail runs from Lake Highland through Loch Haven Park, to Mead Garden in Winter Park. You will see a little bit of everything on this trail from nature to water to city views.
Parking: On the north end of the trail, parking is available at Loch Haven Park. On the south end, you can find parking at Gaston Edwards Park. There's also street parking available throughout the trail.
Address: 1132 Lake Highland Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Lake Underhill Park
This is the park Duncan and I go to the most often to run. It's a 1.5 mile loop around a lake. The lake itself has a ramp, so it's the perfect spot for boaters. We often see people on jet skis or fishing on small boats. It's a pretty simple trail which is what we love about it. Sometimes we just want to do a quick run and this is the perfect trail for that. There's some workout equipment along the way but it's closed off right now due to COVID-19. You'll definitely run into some wildlife by the lake. We've seen turtles, birds, and otters.
Parking: parking lot on site
Address: 4355 Lake Underhill Rd, Orlando, FL 32803
Lake Lily Park
This trail is definitely a hidden gem. Duncan and I didn't think it was going to be this pretty but it surprised us. It's a small 0.5 mile trail, so definitely not for long distance running but perfect for a couple of laps. It's peaceful and quiet with the occasional sound of the Sunrail passing by. On Sunday, they have a farmers market here. If you're looking for a tranquil place to clear your head, this is the spot to come to.
Bikes/Skates ✖️ (half of the trail is bumpy)
Parking: parking lot on site
Adress: 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, FL 32751
Lake Eola Park
Although not a hidden gem, we had to include the most popular paved trail in Orlando. Lake Eola is at the center of Downtown Orlando and is frequently visited by locals. They host a farmers market here on Sunday and tons of events throughout the year. It's a mile long trail and has a beautiful view of the Orlando skylines, and is in close proximity to a lot of local businesses. You can even rent a swan boat and paddle through the lake. If you're looking for a more social scene to enjoy some outdoor activity, this is the place to be.
Parking: street parking available
Address: 512 E Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801