Let's be real... hiking is not nearly as fun without your friend. Your four-legged friend that is. Here's a list of the 10 best spots to hike with your dog in Orlando. It's always recommended to put some booties on your dog to avoid any injuries depending on what level of trail you are hiking. Be safe!
Bear Creek Nature Trail
This trail is awesome if you’re looking to take your dog on a hike that’s not too long but still a lot of fun! It’s absolutely beautiful and an easy walk. You’re still bound to break a sweat. (Duh, it’s Florida. We’re always sweaty here.)
Located here: 1535 Winter Springs Blvd, Winter Springs, FL 32708
Econ River Wilderness Area
There’s 3 miles of trails so you and your dog will definitely get a nice walk. There’s some swamp areas too if you feel like visiting Shrek. You may even run into some owls, deer, or bobcats. For this reason, your dog has to be leashed on these trails.
Located here: 3795 Old Lockwood Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765
Seminole Wekiva Trail
These trails are nice and flat. Perfect for paws! If you’re in the mood for a nice, long walk with your dog, this is the trail for you. There’s over 14 miles of walking trails for you and your dog to conquer. Make sure to bring lots of water! You’ll need it.
Located here: Markham Woods Road, Wekiva Springs FL, 32779
West Orange Trail
Get ready for a long walk folks! This trail is 22 miles long. Have a horse too? Might as well bring it! It's open to equestrian use as well. If you like to bike with your dog - even better - you can on this trial! You'll discover some mildly wooded areas but it will mostly be clear paths to walk on. Paws approved!
Located here: 501 Crown Point Cross RD Winter Garden, FL 34787
Orlando Urban Trail
If you're not into the whole woods-y vibe and lots of 'nature', this trail is perfect for you and your dog! It's more of a walk and less of a trail but you will still love it. There's plenty of photo ops. Heck, there's even a dog statue with a bone carved inside of it. It's 2.6 miles long so you'll still get in a good workout.
Park here: 777 E. Princeton Street, Orlando FL, 32803
Gemini Springs Park
This place is a little bit of a drive away but it's worth it. Not only is there a nice area to hike with paved and unpaved paths, there's also a dog park, and a nice springs area. You can't swim in it (nor do you want to - yuck) but it's an awesome spot to relax after you break a sweat on your hike with your dog.
Located here: Spring-To-Spring Trail, DeBary, FL 32713
Greenwood Urban Wetlands
It's urban. It's chic. You and your dog will love to walk here. It's also the go-to spot for photo shoots too. It's very clean and never crowded (despite being located in the heart of Orlando). It's extremely dog friendly. There are poop dispensers around the area. It's a beautiful spot to bond with your dog on a walk.
Located here: 1411 Greenwood St, Orlando, FL 32801
Tibet Butler Preserve
This place has it all! Well-groomed forests, swamps, paved trails. It's like having your cake and eating it too. Getting the forest but with a nice, clear path so you won't trip on a tree root every five seconds (I know from experience - it's not fun). It's a beautiful hiking spot for you and your four-legged pal.
Located here: 8777 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836
Sabal Point Wildlife Sanctuary
Definitely keep your dog leashed here. As beautiful as it may be, your dog will not be the only animal here. This is definitely a hidden gem. There's lots of swampy, unpaved areas so this is a hike in it's truest form except without the mountains (we are in Florida after all).
Located here: 404 Wilderness Dr, Longwood, FL 32779
Ocala National Forest
Okay, I know what you're thinking... "this is not in Orlando, Myriam!" I know, I know but Orlando is mostly city and paved little, itty bitty trails that we have already covered. This forest is a little bit of a drive away but it's worth it because it has over 100 miles of trails and incredible hiking spots! You and your dog can even camp here!
Located here: 40929 State Road 19, Umatilla FL, 32784