Family-Friendly Hiking Trails

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Enjoy the cool Fall weather by hitting the trails with the kiddos. With hundreds of local hikes to choose from, these are some of the best to enjoy with the family.

Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake
3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando 32835
Walk as little or as much of the loop as you like, as the trail is part sand and part paved. Watch for gopher tortoises, ducks and turtles. Then, run around on the big playground by Turkey Lake.

  • GPS: 28.500772, -81.475042
  • Best for: Spotting wildlife
  • Bonus: There’s a children’s farm along the trail.

Lyonia Preserve
2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona 32725
The best place to see Florida scrub jays is right in your backyard. Pretend you’re Snow White in this teeny, tiny forest, where these colorful and curious birds often will come out to greet you.

  • GPS: 28.930217, -81.225438
  • Best for: Florida scrub jays
  • Bonus: There’s an interactive nature center and café at the trailhead.

Oakland Nature Preserve
747 Machete Trail, Oakland 34760
A stroller-friendly boardwalk leads through marshes to the shores of Lake Apopka. Visit the nature center, and walk the gentle trails on the hills behind it.

  • GPS: 28.554992, -81.639834
  • Best for: Swamp creatures
  • Bonus: Antelope graze next door.

Shingle Creek Regional Park’s Historic Babb Landing
2491 Babb Road, Kissimmee 34746
Paved trails lead past a historic homestead and playground to a landing along Shingle Creek. Wide-open spaces let the kids pedal fast while you keep an eye on them.

  • GPS: 28.318133, -81.457217
  • Best for: Biking
  • Bonus: Twistee Treat ice cream is less than a mile away.

Trimble Park
5802 Trimble Park Road, Mount Dora 32757
Broad boardwalks parallel two lakes on this breezy peninsula. With a big playground beneath ancient live oaks, this is also a great picnic spot.

  • GPS: 28.765659, -81.652135
  • Best for: Bird watching
  • Bonus: Families can camp in the shady campground.
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