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Annual Manual 2014

Sports and Recreation

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ROCK SPRINGS RUN-WEKIVA RIVER


For nine months out of the year, the Orlando region is the perfect place for outdoor activities – once summer’s humidity lifts, it’s sunny, the temps are comfortable and people come out of their summer hibernation. So it makes sense that we have a robust sporting scene. From spectator sports (see breakout box) to biking, hiking, kayaking and ziplines, there’s plenty to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy all year long.

Biking and hiking

Cady Way Trail
Entrance is 1/4 mile north of State Route 50 on Herndon Avenue
This 6.5-mile paved path, popular with bicyclists and stroller-pushing moms alike, connects Orlando and Winter Park and the Cross Seminole Trail in Seminole County. The trail features water fountains, rest stops and mile markers, as well as a cool suspension bridge that crosses Semoran Boulevard.

Econ Trail
Dean Road, just north of State Road 50
This trail in East Orlando begins at Jay Blanchard Park and extends to Alafaya Trail. It runs alongside the Little Econlockhatchee River, which offers pretty views and plenty of good spots to fish, canoe or just sit in the grass by the river.

Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka
407-884-2008
floridastateparks.org/wekiwasprings
You can canoe or kayak here (rentals are available), but this park also has 13 miles of pristine, wooded hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails. This park is very popular, particularly in summer when visitors like to swim in the clear blue spring, and when the parking lot fills, the park entrance closes. So get there early.

Rock Springs Run State Reserve
30601 County Road 433, Sorrento
407-884-2008
floridastateparks.org/rockspringsrun
The park, located about 10 miles west of I-4 on County Road 433, is really just a giant swatch of underdeveloped land. It features 17 miles of multi-use trails.

West Orange Trail
501 Crown Point Cross Road, Winter Garden
This 22-mile trail – the county’s longest – stretches through Winter Garden, Apopka and Orlando. It’s open to walkers and bikers, and some parts are open to horses, too. Four trailheads with parking are located at various points along the trail.

Bicycle Shops

Ace Metric
1844 E. Winter Park Road
407-790-7802
acemetric.blogspot.com
This bike shop rallies cycle enthusiasts from all around and carries cool gear for those on the go, too. The new location, next to Stardust Video and Coffee, is sleek and stylish and industrial.

Kyle’s Bike Shop
203 N. Primrose Drive
407-228-7088
kylesbikeshop.net
Bicycle sales and service, including repairs and custom wheels. Kyle’s also has a parts junkyard. If something’s broken on your bike, they might be able to save you some money on the repair by using a part from the junkyard rather than ordering new.

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