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Motorcycle Roads Central Fla. Highlands Along Route 17 (AKA 17   in Florida Florida63 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Central Fla. Highlands Along Route 17 (AKA

By Ed
on November 19, 2011

4.0out of 5

2 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Route 17 runs parallel to the east of U.S. 27 (note: Route 17 just south of Frostproof, FL has the name the "S. Scenic Highway" and north of Frostproof it becomes the "N. Scenic Highway" for a while). Start this route in Sebring, FL and just take Route 17 north all the way until you make it up to the route's end point in Loughman, FL (just about a mile south of I-4).

From there you can go or you can swing east to Kissimmee , Fla or go west on Hwy 532 (north of Loughman) and get on I-4.

Scenery

Going north or south the rider will see very rural scenery , farms and orchards(a ride in the spring rewards the nose with the smell of orange blossoms),lakes on the side roads and a few small towns.

Road Quality

this ride follows the ridge in the center of the state with hills and long sweeping curves.The only surprise might be a slow moving farm truck other than that the roads are in good shape.

Roadside Amenities

On this route there are many places to eat plus U.S. 27 is just a few miles to the west. There are endless places to stay , a state park in Sebring and all that Kissimmee has to offer.

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By CycleChamp
on December 11, 2011 3 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Suzuki Burgman659 Exec

Motorcycle Type Other

IMO. a nicer place to start would be in Lake Placid, FL. ("Town of Murals)
Go North on US-27 for a short distance and then pick up County Rd-17 (right turn). Follow CR-17 to Left on US-98 to Right on CR-17 to Left on CR- 623 (Airport Rd) and follow into Sebring. FL (you will still be on CR-17 (Kenilworth Blvd). Continue West and turn Right on Lakeview Drive (ST-17) then bear right onto Ridgewood Rd (ST-17) Continue until nearing Avon Park then take a Right on CR-17. Take a Right on CR-627. Continue to Right turn on Wilson Rd. This will take you around scenic Lake Reedy.
At the end of Reedy Lake Drive take a Left on RT-630 into Frostproof, picking up ST-17 into Lake Wales. You might like to take a look there, at "Spook Hill".
Personally, I would pick the Town of Dundee to turn around for the return trip to Lake Placid. Riders coming from the Orlando-Kissimmee area might want to try this ride from the Northern end.

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By Maiky
on March 7, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Honda Shadow spirit 750 c2

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Very nice road i just went from Orlando to dundee that is like a half rout. Beautiful Orange Blossoms smell and some fruit farms!

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