Cycling the Green Mountain Scenic Byway
by: Bryan Davis, “Cyclist at Large”
Since as far back as I can remember a large number of local cyclist have called the Green Mountain Scenic Byway home to some of the most challenging and scenic climbs in Central Florida. Since 1989 I have taken on many occasion to the challenge of “The Wall” and “The Stair Step”, both of which are part of the very scenic and challenging section of the byway as it passes through Ferndale and the Town of Monteverde. Yep, locals have named the hills. This byway in addition to Sugarloaf Mountain, Buckhill Road, and Turnpike Road form one of the toughest cycling loops in all of Florida and attracts cyclist from all over the southeast for the challenge and serenity of the loop.
Add the newly constructed Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead and you have the recipe for hours of some of the best bike riding in Florida. Sitting well above Lake Apopka this is a great little stop along the way to take it all in and feel as if you are hundreds of miles away from reality.
Access to the byway is easy and there are several local shops that offer some great rides of the area. The Cycling Hub has their “Hills from the Hub” loop which takes it all in ensuring that all of the named hills are ridden with a little stop at the overlook for a restroom break and regrouping. This loop is home to one of the most challenging Century Rides in the Southeast as well as periodic use in locally promoted Triathlons. Considered one of the top ten cycling destinations in the U.S. it is easy to see why the Green Mountain Scenic Byway should be on your Bucket List of cycling.
Bryan Davis is the Owner of The Cycling Hub Bicycles Clermont, Florida. District Chief with the City of Orlando Fire Department. A serving member of the Lake County MPO – BPAC (Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee) and League of American Bicyclist Advocate.
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League of American Bicyclist GOLD Level Bicycle Friendly Business
2013 and 2014 A-List Best Bike Shop Winner