Spanning 23 miles from the towns of Winter Park to Lake Mary, the Cross Seminole Trail is a puptastic choice for seeing and exploring Seminole County. As one of the county's Showcase Trails, this paved route is frequented by locals due to its length and beauty. For an urban trail, it is heavily surrounded by plant life, making it a peaceful and scenic respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Cross Seminole Trail begins at the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Howell Branch Road in Winter Park, picking up where the Cady Way Trail left off. From here, it winds north through Oviedo and Winter Springs before coming to a stop at Rinehart Road in Lake Mary. You and Fido may access the trail at one of the five official trailheads and make your hike as long or as short as you please. All of the trailheads are equipped with parking and restrooms, and all but one have a water fountain available.
Some of the trailheads are actually parks that you can add as stops to your hike; one of them is the Big Tree Park in Longwood. A pawpular tourist destination, this park features a natural hydric hammock swamp that you and Fido can walk through to get to the former site of “The Senator,” a 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree that was destroyed by fire in 2012.
In downtown Oviedo, you and your pup can check out various vintage shops and local eateries. For an off-road adventure, swing by the Spring Hammock Preserve, a natural oasis in the middle of a growing urban area.
As you enjoy Cross Seminole and the different stops and amenities along the way, keep in mind that you're sharing the path with other users. Always keep your doggo on a leash and pick up after them, so that everyone can have a pawsitive experience on the Cross Seminole Trail!
There is a mile-long gap on a portion of the trail in Winter Springs near Layer Elementary School. To continue on the trail, make your way to Old Sanford Oviedo Road and walk along a dirt path until you reach the other section.