8 Green Mountain Scenic Byway

Green Mountain Scenic Byway

Byway Length: 45.2 Miles

Designated: July 19, 2004

FDOT District: 5

Overview

With its charming bookend towns of Winter Garden and Mount Dora at either end, the Green Mountain Scenic Byway offers visitors fun small town experiences along with great recreational opportunities. The rolling hills and winding roadway draws cyclists from around the world for competition, training, and touring. The byway is one of the most popular cycling routes in Florida, and is the site of several internationally recognized triathlons each year. In addition to cyclists, the Green Mountain Scenic Byway is a favorite of motorcyclists, antique car clubs, and Sunday drivers.

Mount Dora has numerous recreational opportunities, and is also known for festivals, food and shopping. The West Orange Trail, one of the most popular multiuse trails in Central Florida runs right down the center of the byway through Winter Garden, so there are usually cyclists gliding through downtown, which gives it a unique vivacity. Another highlight is the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, which opened in 2015, and draws photographers and wildlife lovers in droves to experience real Florida creatures in the wild.

Byway Website: greenmountainbyway.org

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General Directions

Take the Florida Turnpike to exit 272 (SR-50). Travel east on SR-50 to Orange County Road 545. Turn left (north) on CR 545 to Oakland Avenue (the Green Mountain Scenic Byway) then turn left again (west). The Byway will take you through the community of Tildenville, the towns of Oakland and Monteverde, and the community of Ferndale. The northern terminus is at the intersection of Lake County Roads 545 (the Scenic Byway) and 561. This intersection is known as the Howey Cross Roads.

Associated Resources

These are specific resources for this byway. See Associated Florida Resources for connections to organizations affecting all byways in Florida.

Lake County:
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/visitors/

West Orange Trail:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Orange-Trail/127058337337030

Friends of Apopka:
http://www.fola.org/

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive:
https://www.facebook.com/lakeapopkawildlifedrive

South Lake Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.southlakechamber-fl.com/

Orange County:
http://orangecountyfl.net/