Finding a large area of mountain bike trails in Central Florida can be challenging at times, but if you live around East Orlando then you have a great spot in your backyard. Located near Avalon Park and the Beachline Expressway, Hal Scott Preserve has nearly 17 miles of trails for you to check out.
What Makes It Great
The 9,300 acre Hal Scott Preserve was established to help preserve the area along the Econlockhatchee River. The Econlockhatchee (Econ) River flows through the center of the preserve. You’ll cross over the river between the White and Yellow loops.
The trails in Hal Scott Preserve consist of 3 large loops: White, Yellow and Red. The White loop is 4.3 miles in length and is the first loop you get to after the .3 mile approach trail from the parking lot. This loop brings you around the center of the preserve and gives you access to the other two loops.
The Yellow loop is 6.3 miles in length and is located in the south section of the preserve. The Yellow loop is the longest of the 3. The Red loop is 6.1 miles in length and is located in the north section of the park.
The terrain on each trail is fairly similar. You’ll alternate between grass and hard packed sand. Don’t expect to find many roots or hills, as this area is very flat. Due to this, you can enjoy a more relaxing ride and go as fast as you want for the duration of your visit.
Make sure you check the weather forecast before heading out for your ride in Hal Scott Preserve. Much of the trails are exposed with little shade, so intense heat and rain can be issues especially during the summer months.
Who is Going to Love It
Any mountain bikers who enjoy biking on easy trails will have a great time in Hal Scott Preserve. The trails are wide and flat, so riders of all skill sets will feel comfortable with them. Advanced riders may find the trails a little too easy, but if you’re interested in a more relaxing ride than these trails will work great for you.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Hal Scott Preserve is open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. To enter the preserve, head over to the trailhead off Dallas Boulevard near the Beachline Expressway. Parking is free and there is plenty of room for vehicles. There are no restrooms or water sources at the trailhead, so remember to bring enough water for your entire ride.