The boys both received new bikes for Christmas, so we thought we’d go for a family ride somewhere new. Anytime we drive to Orlando via State Road 50, we always notice the Little Econ Greenway bridge, so we thought we’d give it a try.
The greenway is a surprisingly wooded ride through East Orlando. It extends from Forsyth Road to Alafaya Trail. For most of the trail it follows the Little Econ river. It passes three parks, all of which are easily accessible. There are various parking areas and water fountains along the trail.
We first tried to to start the trail at the Eastern trail head, near UCF, but we were unable to find a place too park. So we drove to Blanchard Park, about one mile North of SR50 on Dean Road to unload. I happened to forget the trail map, so we stopped in the Ranger’s office to pick a new one up.
After exploring Blanchard park for a little while, we rode West toward Forsyth all the way to Arcadia Park, which is just before Goldenrod Rd. There was plenty to look at on the ride, including alligators, turtles, birds and plenty of people to watch. The trail is 100% paved and for the most part level, which makes for a comfortable and relaxing ride.
The kids raced back to Blanchard park from Harrell Rd., with Trevor beating Brandon by a couple of minutes.
If you are looking for an easy place to ride, the Little Econ is great.
Little Econ Greenway Map [via Orange County Parks and Rec]