Lake Apopka Loop Trail is one of the most family-friendly biking trails. This property is about 22.5 km long, enough for an adventurous biking experience. It offers several trails, allowing you to choose the route you prefer the most, according to your needs. Most of these trails generally follow levees through marshes along the lake's shores with little to no shade opportunities. We had to carry sunscreen and hats to protect ourselves from the scorching sun.
Lake Apopka Loop Trail circles Lake Apopka. This trail is a loop, meaning it ends where it started, which reduced our chances of getting lost in the area. It's also fairly flat, giving you an opportunity to see wild animals.
As we were cycling around the trail, we discovered that it's divided into four parts, as discussed below:
You can easily spot these sections if you use a map for guidance.
You don't have to pay entry fees to use this biking trail, making it perfect if you're on a tight budget but still want to enjoy biking in a natural environment. This biking trail also has enough parking space at the four starting points.
If you are caught in the rain while biking on this trail, you can use the shelters along the route. Alternatively, you can shelter in the picnic pavilions at Green Mountain, Magnolia Park and Magnolia Park.
Another important feature in this biking trail is the flush toilet found in Green Mountain and Magnolia Park which can help you with waste disposal. You will also get a vault toilet at McDonald Canal.
Lake Apopka Loop Trail has several alligators along the route. These alligators are so many that we lost count. Occasionally, you may see bobcats, raccoons, and the Florida panther.
With approximately 100 bird species and nearly 20 butterfly species already identified, this route is a fantastic place for birding and butterfly watching. During the proper seasons of the year, watch out for Short-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, Swallow-tailed Kites, and songbirds.