Hal Scott Preserve Area Trails is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Orlando, FL that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Hal Scott Preserve is a 9.1 mile (All 3 trails combined) trail located near Orlando, Florida. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for trail running. A portion of this area was acquired by the District using funds from the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority and the Florida Department of Transportation as part of the mitigation for beltway construction in the southern part of the county. Orange County funding provided the partnership to establish this regional preserve that protects the resources of the Econlockhatchee River.
The Red Blaze Trail is one of 3 main trails at Hal Scott. All trails are loops and the Red and Yellow trails branch off the White trail at about the half way point of the White loop. The Red Blaze Trail can be confusing, however, because it apparently has changed over time. The current park map shows it one way but the blaze markings guide you differently. At about the halfway point, where the shelter is located, the blaze markings take you across the canal and then continue following under the path of some overhead power lines. This way will take you back towards the main road. It's not at all scenic and has you hiking the park perimeter. The new map and better route has you going left or west along the canal. You follow the canal to the end where it empties into a creek and you'll see the markings for the Red Blaze Trail on your left (there is also a marking on the right but that takes you again to the power line trail). Follow the trail on the left and you'll complete the Red Blaze loop and end up back where you started. This is a much better route and if you pick-up a map at the park entrance, this is the route shown. Who knows why it isn't marked correctly but it's easy to navigate if you just follow the canal. See my track for more specifics.
This is another of those wide open Florida trails that they like to call a "loop" when it is actually an "Out and back again". I had a great time on this trail as I walked all of the white and onto the Yellow walking about 6 miles round trip by the time I got back. The trail is wide and clean and while it looks like the typical Florida sugar sand it is actually Coquina (crushed shell) as it is not too terribly far from Coco Beach. The trails are well marked and there is a beautiful little Cedar Hammcok around a small unnamed tributary that does provide a small break from the sun. It is mostly Florida plain so it is very wide open so if you like being on a trail that you can look around you for a mile and see fields of pines and palmettos this is the place for you.
it is listed as a moderate trail but for anyone that has ever been to a mountain this is very easy flat land walking. Just make sure you take plenty of water, sunscreen and a floppy hat.
A lot of open space, very little shade. No facilities at all....
It was a great place to get away and the area was mostly deserted.