Trail Rules and Guidelines

West Orange Trail

The West Orange Trail has been a part of the fabric of the Town of Oakland for many years but was previously under the jurisdiction of Orange County. The Town has built the Healthy West Orange Arts and Heritage Center adjacent to the trail and with that project has taken over two blocks of the West Orange  Trail.  This  was  done  to  bring  together  the  landscaping,  the signage,  the  building,  the  furnishings, the maintenance, and the trail into one cohesive experience. The Town will also be taking over the trail network that will connect to the West Orange Trail and runs through the Longleaf at Oakland neighborhood connecting the three cemeteries in Town. The trail rules are meant to be enforceable by the Oakland Police Department and the guidelines are best practices and are consistent with Orange County Parks and Recreation Division. 

Trail Guidelines 

  • Obey trail signs
  • Plan your route and inform others of your destination
  • Buddy up; travel with a friend
  • Be aware of your surroundings; stay alert and well hydrated
  • Helmets are required by law for all bicyclists under age 16 and are recommended for everyone
  • Keep right, pass on the left
  • Give audible signals when passing
  • Do not block trail
  • Do not litter
  • Use the nearest yellow Orange County Emergency Response System Marker or the nearest street signs to pinpoint your location
  • Call 911 for emergencies
  • Bicyclists, skaters and skateboarders must maintain control and yield to walkers and runners
  • Pets must be controlled on a leash no greater than 6 feet
  • Owners are required to clean up after their pets

Trail Rules

  • Trails are open from sunrise to sunset
  • No  motorized  vehicles  except  law  enforcement, emergency responders and maintenance vehicles
  • Electric mobility devices are permitted by persons with mobility related disabilities.
  • Bicycles  must  follow  all  traffic  laws  of  the  State  of  Florida  and obey all traffic controls and signals (Florida Statutes 316.2065)
  • All users must yield at crossings and intersections
  • No Racing or riding over 20 mph
  • Do not create noise in residential areas
  • Watch for and yield to pedestrians