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Home of Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and other theme parks that attract many, many millions of visitors each year, Orlando is also one of Florida’s best places to get outdoors and play. These are all of our suggestions for hiking, biking, paddling, camping, and more in our backyard, Orlando.

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Bear Creek Nature Trail

Bear Creek Nature Trail

A patch of wild in a sea of suburbia, Bear Creek provides nearly a mile's worth of exploration atop sandy bluffs in a shady creekside hammock in Winter Springs.
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Big Tree Park

Big Tree Park

While the iconic Senator is no more, Big Tree Park continues to fascinate visitors with its enormous cypress trees, including Lady Liberty. The park provides access to the Cross Seminole Trail.
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Bill Frederick Park

Bill Frederick Park

Inside the city of Orlando, the urban Bill Frederick Park has a wild side, too, with more than 2 miles of trails to meander through scrub forest and along Turkey Lake.
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Black Hammock Wilderness

Black Hammock Wilderness Area

Black Hammock is a bit of Old Florida in Oviedo, with a trail showcasing a delightfully long boardwalk and a loop through scrub habitats above Lake Jesup
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Paddling Shingle Creek

Canoeing Shingle Creek

Paddle down Shingle Creek from Shingle Creek Regional Park at Steffee Landing in Kissimmee, where canoe and kayak rentals are now available for visitors.
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Disney Wilderness Preserve

Disney Wilderness Preserve

Managed by The Nature Conservancy, the Disney Wilderness Preserve is a 12,000 acre showcase for habitat conservation amid growing suburban sprawl south of Orlando
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Econ River Wilderness

Econ River Wilderness

In the Orlando suburbs, the Econ River Wilderness is in one of those places where you’d never suspect wilderness still existed, yet trails led you to wild places
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Econlockhatchee Sandhills

Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area

In the floodplain of the Econlockhatchee River, Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area is a 706-acre showcase of upland habitat diversity with a 3.2 mile loop trail
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Flagler Trail South

Flagler Trail South

Following a historic railroad route, the southern portion of the Flagler Trail provides a sometimes rugged, sometimes gentle ride between Geneva and Chuluota
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FT Bronson

Florida Trail, Bronson State Forest

A quick sampler of the beauty of Bronson State Forest, this walk on the Florida Trail to Bunscombe Creek and back offers a great perspective on summer wildflowers.
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Florida Trail, Chuluota Wilderness to Joshua Creek

Florida Trail, Chuluota Wilderness to Joshua Creek

Enjoy the natural beauty of habitat diversity along this 4.3-mile segment of the Florida Trail connecting Chuluota Wilderness and Bronson State Forest
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Florida Trail, Little Big Econ

Florida Trail, Little Big Econ State Forest

One of the most beautiful hikes near Orlando is rugged, too: the Florida Trail atop bluffs above the Econlockhatchee River through Little-Big Econ State Forest.
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Florida Trail, Mills Creek Woodlands

Florida Trail, Mills Creek

As the Florida Trail follows the curve of the basin in which Mills Creek into a bowl of marshlands, enjoy old-growth trees and long boardwalks along this 2 mile hike
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Florida Trail, Seminole Ranch

Florida Trail, Seminole Ranch

At Seminole Ranch Conservation Area in Christmas, the Florida Trail follows a linear 4.9 mile route through a string of hydric hammocks in the St. Johns River floodplain
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Florida Trail, Tosohatchee

Florida Trail, Tosohatchee

Bridging an immense expanse of pine flatwoods bisected by floodplain forests, a 10-mile segment of the statewide Florida Trail crosses Tosohatchee WMA.
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Florida Trail, Wheeler Rd to Joshua Cree

Florida Trail, Wheeler Road to Joshua Creek

Along its 9.4 mile route, the Florida Trail through Seminole Ranch and southern Bronson State Forest provides an unexpected array of botanical delights
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Gatorland

Gatorland

Gatorland is not just a historic Florida attraction but an immersion into what this part of Central Florida used to be, a cypress swamp full of critters.
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Geneva Wilderness

Geneva Wilderness Area

Showcasing prairie ponds amid scrub on the edge of a pine flatwoods, Geneva Wilderness Area offers two loops of gentle paths on which to explore the habitats.
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Hal Scott Preserve

Hal Scott Preserve

At Hal Scott Preserve, enjoy vast prairies and seepage bogs, the Econ River, and camping under a live oak canopy—within minutes of the Orlando International Airport
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Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Fifty acres of lush formal gardens hug the shores of Lake Rowena in this urban display of botanical diversity in Orlando. The center of it all is the Leu House, purchased by Harry and Mary Jane Leu in 1936 – now a house museum – around which they developed their gardens.
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With riverside strolls, dense forests, open prairies, and wetlands, it’s a diverse region to explore. Many hikes are within an easy drive of Orlando. Some can be reached via public transportation. You’ll find many in our book Five Star Trails Orlando.

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