Central FL has plenty of lakes, curves, and even some hills


Lake County Road 455 is a Florida Scenic Hwy
Lake County Rd 455 near Sugarloaf Mountain
Lake County Rd 455 near Sugarloaf Mountain

Lake County Hwy 455 is 30 miles from the Orlando Airport
Lake County Hwy 455 is 30 miles from the Orlando Airport

See larger map with directions. This ride is also included in Part 2 of our Orlando airport ride below.


Orlando Airport Ride

Some of my favorite central Florida roads are the hills between Brooksville and Dade City.  See larger map with directions. Part 2 (below) returns you to Orlando, beginning where Part 1 stops, Total of 220 miles.

Part 2 of the route starts on Mondon Hill Rd Hwy 484, thru Brooksville to a tree-lined canopy stretch of Dade City Ave. Stagecoach Rd Hwy 480 is another of my favorite roads, leading to Floral City and Inverness on US41 before heading east along the lake and south to Lake Panasoffkee on Hwy 470. The final leg includes scenic Lake County 455 before returning you to Hwy 50 and the Florida Turnpike. See larger map with directions.


 

West Volusia County offers more rural landscapes for those who enjoy getting away during Biketoberfest and Daytona Bike Week. Near Ormond Beach, The Loop is another favorite biker ride that offers native Florida scenery.

 

If you can't make Daytona in March or October, or if you just prefer a smaller event, Leesburg Bikefest is 3 days held each April in Lake County in downtown Leesburg, off US27. This family friendly event is 5 miles north of our Orlando Airport Ride above. Central Florida offers a variety of rides that are less crowded. There are more hills west of Orlando, rather than the flat terrain of the east coast.  There are curves and even an occasional twisty, if you know where to ride. 

Orlando skyline from Sugarloaf Mtn
Orlando skyline from Sugarloaf Mtn

The highest point on the Florida peninula is 41 miles northwest of Orlando International Airport.  Sugarloaf Mountain (elev 312ft) is just one of many enjoyable views in central Florida. Motorcycle rentals are available and riders will be rewarded with a surprising number of lakes, curves, and hilltop vistas in west central Florida

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Near Gainesville or Palatka? For an out of the way lunch ride, try the Backwoods Smokehouse 5 miles south of Interlachen, FL at the corner of CR315 and CR310. Call ahead to see if they can schedule your group.   See the location on the map.


Rent a bike in Orlando and take a 350 mile ride to Mexico Beach on the Florida panhandle. See larger map with directions.

 

Or head south and take a once-in-a-lifetime ride to the Florida Keys.  The center of the state is much more scenic than I-95 or the FL Turnpike. Get there via US 27 or make part of the trip on the more scenic FL 17 as shown below. See larger map with directions.  There's more photos on our Florida Keys page.