Here’s a great weekend getaway for bicyclists. The appealing West Orange Trail, a 22-mile rail-trail, goes right down the middle of the lively main street in Downtown Winter Garden. Stay in the Historic Edgewater Hotel for a great base with Old Florida charm.
The 22-mile-long West Orange Trail stands out as an appealing bike trail, as it winds along Lake Apopka west of Orlando. This smooth paved trail gets it right, with scenery and excellent amenities.
Canaveral National Seashore is quiet and peaceful with bountiful wildlife, and you can always find your place in the sand.
DeLeon Springs, about an hour north of Orlando, is a state parks with swimming, kayaking and fantastic history. But it’s best known for — of all things — its pancakes.
Colt Creek State Park is one of the state’s newest, a former cattle ranch preserved forever when the state purchased it in 2006. Contributor Kyle Albinus backpacked to a remote campsite to see what it was all about.
Hikers should discover the Nature Conservancy’s Tiger Creek Preserve, one of several sites located on Florida’s “central highlands,” a beautiful, hilly landscape with many appealing trails.
This Gainesville area state park is a vast playground for hikers and bikers, but also for bison, wild horses and, sometimes, thousands of sandhill cranes.
Every Thanksgiving Week, Florida’s most avid hikers walk 109 miles around Lake Okeechobee in nine segments ranging from 9 to 15 miles per day. You can join them — for part of the trip or all of it — along the Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds the 730-square-mile lake.