Split Oak Forest Mitigation Park North / Lake and South Loops

Narcoossee, Florida

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This 1,700-acre forest is adjacent to two very picturesque lakes—Lakes Hart and Mary Jane—and also to a very popular county park, Moss Park. The forest is named for a giant 200-year-old oak tree that was split more than fifty years ago but continues to grow today. The forest is owned jointly by Orange and Osceola Counties. You have two main options for hiking here: the North and South Loop trails. While both include sections of wooded uplands, the South Loop concentrates on a more marshy environment. The North Loop offers more variety, including a side path traversing the lake-fringe habitats of Lake Hart and Bonnett Pond with overlooks of both. The North Loop also provides a connector trail to adjacent Moss Park, which offers camping and usually a large gathering of sandhill cranes in winter. Some of the wildlife found in Split Oak includes coyotes (rare), alligators, wood storks, red-shouldered hawks, gray foxes, gopher tortoises, and box turtles. Rain occurs frequently in the summer and fall months, but it doesn’t stop serious hikers.

Split Oak Forest Mitigation Park: North / Lake and South Loops Professional Review and Guide

"This 1,700-acre forest is adjacent to two very picturesque lakes—Lakes Hart and Mary Jane—and also to a very popular county park, Moss Park. The forest is named for a giant 200-year-old oak tree that was split more than fifty years ago but continues to grow today. The forest is owned jointly by Orange and Osceola Counties. You have two main options for hiking here: the North and South Loop trails.

While both include sections of wooded uplands, the South Loop concentrates on a more marshy environment. The North Loop offers more variety, including a side path traversing the lake-fringe habitats of Lake Hart and Bonnett Pond with overlooks of both. The North Loop also provides a connector trail to adjacent Moss Park, which offers camping and usually a large gathering of sandhill cranes in winter. Some of the wildlife found in Split Oak includes coyotes (rare), alligators, wood storks, red-shouldered hawks, gray foxes, gopher tortoises, and box turtles. Rain occurs frequently in the summer and fall months, but it doesn’t stop serious hikers."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Narcoossee
Distance: 3.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 5 to 6 hours for full
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Split Oak Forest Mitigation Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Split Oak Forest Mitigation Park: North / Lake and South Loops

Recent Trail Reviews

3/12/2013
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Was origionally on the green trail but where it meets the south loop can be confusing. Don't go straight at point 13. Most of the trail is very sandy. I can tell I'm not the only one that took off their shoes to do this trail. Although I'm new to the hiking thing I loved this cause it was extremely hard for me. Regular shoes & sneakers are definitely not the right foot wear. Saw lots of deer tracks, saw a couple of Armadillos and a snake. Saw lots of indicators of wildlife but not sure what they were to. Oh and lost my favorite water bottle out there. Maybe I'll go early next week & see if I find it.


11/14/2010
1

This trail is quite sandy and mostly open. On a hot or sunny day, it can be brutal out there. Try these trails in the cooler months.



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May 2018