The proposed Wekiva Trail will eventually provide a critical connection between the Lake County Trails Network and the Seminole-Wekiva, West Orange, and Florida Scenic Trails. The trail will also connect neighborhoods to schools and parks and will provide regional trail connections between Lake, Orange and Seminole Counties. To the west, Lake County plans to extend the Tav-Dora Trail to Tremain Street in Mount Dora. To the east, the proposed Wekiva Trail will connect with Seminole County’s Seminole-Wekiva Trail, just east of the Wekiva River. To the south, Orange County plans to extend the West Orange Trail north of its current terminus in Apopka to the Orange/Lake County line utilizing an alignment that would provide a connection to Kelley Park.
Trail users will be able to enjoy the abundance of natural areas in East Lake County and visit historic downtown Mount Dora to dine at restaurants or enjoy shopping. A range of suitable non-motorized uses will be permitted including cycling, hiking, running, skating, wildlife viewing, and equestrian in appropriate areas. Additionally, the trail system, in conjunction with key recreation and eco-tourism, will attract visitors to Lake County and educate the public to the benefits of preserving our natural resources through public and private managed lands, such as the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Preserve, and the Lower Wekiva River State Preserve.
A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the proposed Wekiva Trail is currently underway. The study will develop alignment and concept plans for the design and construction of the proposed multi-use trail. For more information about the study, and to submit your questions or comments, click on the link below.