When it comes to Orlando, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the vast array of theme parks. But what you probably don’t know is that Orlando is an ideal destination for outdoor adventures year around. In and around Orlando are a vast number of hiking and biking trails to explore and trust us when we say, there are plenty!
You don’t have to be a fitness guru to enjoy the outdoors in Orlando — There are hiking trails for all levels and interests. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser known trails that you can adventure through during your stay in Orlando.
WALK + HIKE IN ORLANDO
Lake Underhill [Easy]
Found on the south side of the Orlando Executive Airport, this trail is a great loop for beginner hikers or those looking for an easier nature route that still captures the beauty of Orlando. Lake Underhill’s loop trail goes for approximately 1.3 miles and is also an excellent spot for boat-enthusiasts and bird watchers thanks to the wide array of wildlife along the shore. A perfect place for a leisurely stroll and some sunshine.
Tibet Butler [Easy-Intermediate]
Situated close enough to the Magic Kingdom that you can hear the train, the Tibet Butler hiking trail is a fantastic way to see many of the region’s habitats including longleaf pine forest and scrub, bayhead swamp, and cypress-lined lakeshore. The environmental center teaches you everything you need to know about each habitat you’ll see and there are multiple hiking trails along the way — there is something for everyone.
Wekiwa Springs [Easy-Advanced]
In addition to the water activities you can have fun with in Wekiwa Springs State Park, the park also has plenty of hiking trails, ranging from 1 mile to 13.5 miles, that you can adventure through with the wet-to-dry trail starting at the spring being the shortest of the Wekiwa trails and ideal for hiking newbies. The White Trail is the longest, at 13.5 miles and is perfect for those looking to get a good workout in as well as see all the different plant communities growing in the area.
Little Big Econ State [Intermediate-Advanced]
A fantastic family-friendly hiking location, the Little Big Econ State consists of 16.3 miles of hiking trails that will lead you through a variety of scenic views and ecosystems such as pine flatwoods, sandhill and the impressive oak-palm hammocks along the Econlockhatchee River.
Black Bear Wilderness Loop [Intermediate-Advanced]
This one is excellent for the more experienced hiker who knows what they are doing. The Black Bear Wilderness Loop Trail is a 7.1 mile loop consisting of 14 boardwalks, some broad and some very narrow. Hiking sticks come in handy for balance along the trail. Native wildlife is often spotted along the trail so keep your eyes alert for amazing viewing.
Disney Wilderness Preserve [Variety of hikes available]
You can’t come to Central Florida and miss a visit to something linked with the Mouse. Even if you aren’t a fan of theme parks, fret not – Disney supports even the outdoors and offers something for nature lovers. The Disney Wilderness Preserve is an extra-special outdoor area just for those in the know; welcome to 11,500 sprawling acres (4,654ha) of wilderness where more than 1,000 species of plants and animals thrive. Just like everything else Disney-related, the preserve will leave you on a satisfied high. It is also part of the Nature Conservancy. Although the preserve is not affiliated with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, The Walt Disney Company provided funds for restoration and wildlife monitoring on the preserve and continues to partner on a number of on-site projects today.
Make sure to add some outdoor adventure to your next Orlando vacation! Discover the various excitement of Orlando!