Natural Side of Orlando Area

We live just south of the Seminole County line, in Orange County. We’re just northeast of the University of Central Florida. This area had been [about 16 years ago] undeveloped land that was part of the Econlockhatchee River Basin. It’s still part of the river basin, but it’s definitely not undeveloped any more.

However, there is a tremendous amount of conservation land here and some of it has been set aside for recreational use. One of our favorite places is the Econ River Wilderness Area. It had been closed for a while, due to the recent hurricanes that passed through here, but they’ve cleared the damage and it’s open again.

There are 2.5 or so miles of trail through there, and the chance to see all sorts of wildlife, including alligators! The trail snakes along, right up to the river bank, giving you beautiful scenery and a glimpse of the Florida of old.

For you trail runners, it’s a treat. Dogs on leashes are allowed — and be on the lookout for horse droppings!

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