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New bike trail could boost tourism in Kissimmee

New bike trail could boost tourism in Kissimmee

A new trail in Kissimmee could tap into a new tourist group and bring more money in Central Florida. The trail would start at Shingle Creek Regional Park, located off West Vine Street, and could eventually lead all the way up to Wekiva Springs. It could mean a big boost in tourism for Osceola County.

New Bike Trail in Kissimmee

New Bike Trail in Kissimmee


"This wilderness ... you don't quite picture Florida this way," said Robin Sommer, who is visiting from Maryland.

But soon, officials with the city of Kissimmee and Osceola County hope even more people will get to see some of the area’s natural beauty thanks to a new bike trail to the park.

"It will be a great opportunity for visitors to take a ride and take a look at some of the history of Osceola County," said Michael Harford, an Osceola County Commissioner.

The trail construction is just getting underway, and the ultimate goal is to have it stretch 32 miles north to Wekiva Springs.

John Jacobs, co-owner of Paddling Center at Shingle Creek, said he hopes the trail will hopefully lead to his company renting just as many bikes as he does kayaks.

"This is going to make this a world-class paddling center and mecca for people to see the real Florida," Jacobs said.

Harford said it could help stimulate jobs in the area.

While city and county officials are hoping the new trail will attract new people to the area, locals said they are looking forward to exploring more of the area they call home.

"It'll be awesome," said Elle McLeod, who lives in Davenport. "It will just be a really fun way to bike."

Officials hope to have the first phase of the trail completed by early autumn (fall).

Many of our vacation rental homes are located close to this new attraction so there is no excuse not to keep fit whilst enjoying yourself.