Lake Apopka Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 170' 52 m
Descent: -170' -52 m
High: 144' 44 m
Low: 64' 19 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“A flat ride along the north shore of Lake Apopka featuring gators, bobcats, panthers and birds!”— Glenn Evans
Family Friendly Both sides have nice park areas with facilities. On the Orange County side you can see LOTS of wildlife.
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.
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!
Land Manager: St. Johns River Water Management District