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Lake Apopka Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A flat ride along the north shore of Lake Apopka featuring gators, bobcats, panthers and birds!


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36.1

Miles

58.1

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Singletrack

144' 44 m

High

64' 19 m

Low

170' 52 m

Up

170' 52 m

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Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Both sides have nice park areas with facilities. On the Orange County side you can see LOTS of wildlife.

Open sunrise to sunset, no motorized vehicles.

Overview

Beautiful lake views, nature encounters (raccoons, birds, bobcats, panthers and LOTS of gators!), and fresh air can all be had on this great trail. This is a great, non-technical, ride with several trail options as you move through the area.

With parking and facilities at both the Green Mountain and Magnolia Park trailheads, this route runs in both Orange Country and Lake County. Future plans are to expand the Orange County side to connect to the West Orange Trail and the Lake County side to connect to the Lake County trail system. This trail is also an amazing location for birding and butterfly watching with nearly 100 species of birds already observed and nearly 20 species of butterflies. Visitors should watch for Bald Eagles, Short-tailed Hawks, Swallow-tailed Kites, and numerous songbirds during appropriate times of the year.

Need to Know

Starting from the Magnolia Side, at the 4-mile mark, there is a Pump House that signals the start of a 1.5-mile stretch where you share the road with cars on a nature drive on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Description

This route starts at Orange County's Magnolia Park with 1/2 mile of paved trail and then 17.5 miles of dirt road and jeep track along the north shore of Lake Apopka. OR start on the Green Mountain side. Either starting point is equally as beautiful, so you really can't go wrong here.

This is a wildlife preserve so you'll usually see lots of gators and birds, and occasionally raccoons, bobcats and even rarely a Florida Panther. Starting from Magnolia Park, the turn around is at Green Mountain Scenic Overlook in Lake County - there is a parking lot and facilities on both ends so it is easy to start from either side.

There are several alternate routes through the area so you can add variety. For the most part, the trail is flat, giving you the opportunity to keep an eye out for the the local wildlife.

While dogs are allowed, I recommend you leave them at home (especially on the Orange County side) as gators ARE attracted to them as snacks!

History & Background

Back in the day, Lake Apopka was a pristine fishing resort area, but the lake was polluted through government sponsored muck farming. There is a federal/state effort to clean the lake, and the northern shore of Lake Apopka has been designated as a nature preserve.

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Shared By:

Glenn Evans

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 13 votes

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  4.3 from 13 votes
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Photos

It doesn't get much better than a beautiful lake on a sunny day!
Apr 1, 2017 near Zellwood, FL
Enjoying the sun at Lake Apopka!
Dec 27, 2016 near Zellwood, FL
Shaded rest stop
Jul 2, 2016 near Zellwood, FL
Lake view ride!
Jun 13, 2016 near Paradis…, FL
Nice shady bench on Lake Apopka Loop Trail
Jul 2, 2016 near Paradis…, FL
View from the bridge on the Lake Apopka Loop Trail.
Dec 27, 2016 near Astatula, FL

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Apr 7, 2021
Tyler Whipple
The Magnolia Park trailhead is closed due to construction for an indefinite amount of time. We hopped one gate only to find two more locked gates t… — 0h 05m
Jan 10, 2021
Tom Mueller
Magnolia TH is completely closed and trail access is gated closed. Need to enter and park (in a temporary bike parking area) at the Wildlife Drive TH 25mi
Dec 24, 2020
Juergen Wittig
Dec 28, 2019
Ryan Bowersox
Magnolia park closes at 6pm, had to cut 8 miles off the total trip. 30mi — 3h 15m
Oct 20, 2019
Cathy Viola
Apr 21, 2019
Fernando Pomales
Mar 24, 2019
Randy McDonald
1 12.2mi — 1h 06m
Feb 26, 2019
Brad Jelinek