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Park rangers to lead bicycle ride along South Lake Trail

RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2007

CLERMONT — Lake County park rangers will lead a bicycle ride on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. along the South Lake Trail.

The ride will begin at the West Orange Trail County Line Station, located at 17914 Old County Road 50 in Winter Garden, and will continue to the intersection of Mohawk Road and Old County Road 50 and then back again. The round trip is about 11 miles. Participants are welcome to continue past Mohawk Road along the Lake Minneola Scenic Trail to Waterfront Park in Clermont, which is an additional 4 miles.

Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and need to supply their own bicycles and helmets. During the ride, rangers will point out any native plants, butterflies or wildlife that may be present along the South Lake Trail.

Opened in April 2007, the 4-mile South Lake Trail was a celebrated improvement as it connected the 5.5-mile Lake Minneola Scenic Trail to the 22-mile West Orange Trail. The three trails offer cycling enthusiasts and local residents with an unprecedented amenity. Together, the trails feature a spectacular array of picturesque vistas from the area's rolling hills and tranquil lakes. In fact, the Lake Minneola Scenic Trail boasts the highest elevations of any rails-to-trails project in the state.

For more information about the bicycle ride, call Park Ranger Gallus Quigley at (352) 742-0992 or e-mail parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov.

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