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walking
1 day ago

hiked and canoed at lake. very old time florida feel. a few water birds picnic tables available too. bring bug spray

hiking
3 days ago

There was beautiful green moss all over the ground and trail. It was very well kept for a rugged trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice mostly wooded. 4 mile loop trail. Well marked trail.

Well maintained , excellent place for an easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

What a beautiful trail! We hiked it for the first time today and had a wonderful time. The huge majority of it is shaded, which really helps keep the temperature down. We will definitely be back!

I came here on the last day I'd be free enough to enjoy Florida's natural beauty before moving to Georgia after a short ten month stay in Florida. Split Oak is absolutely wonderful. It offers a diverse collection of Florida ecosystems, and plenty of wildlife viewing. not five minutes after entering the preserve I encountered a healthy doe, and mature buck. shortly after I saw another doe. saw a redtailed hawk, Pileated, and red woodpecker, covey of quails, blue birds, swallows, osprey, and a diamond back rattlesnake. would definitely come back here if given the chance. ps chacos, and sugar sand don't mix

No bicycles allowed. Horses yes, bikes no. What?!!!

one of our best close to where I live.

The trail was pretty but the bugs were horrible. We wore bug spray but still came out with welts all over. It was well marked.

We actually loved hiking here and did a 10 mile hike with our dog. Very well marked trails. I would say make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your pet since there are no areas for clean water. There was a lot of wildlife here and the views were very beautiful for a central FL trail. Avoid the equestrian trails if you aren't on horseback, there's little to no shade and it's a very long stretch before any trailheads. Trails are wet to dry so be sure to come prepared. Also if you bring your dog make sure to get a tick preventive!

hiking
3 months ago

Yes it is,Hot, but this will always be my local favorite. The new trail markings are really very bright. The trail itself is pretty well worn and what you might not necessarily need the tree marking but it’s nice to look ahead and see your bright orange marking on the tree.In the very few muddy Areas, you can see tracks. Raccoon I believe. Heard but didn’t see a woodpecker. I might’ve heard a deer crashing through the woods but I’m really not sure what it was. It’s bigger than an armadillo. Saw a large moth not a lunar moth. Bugs weren’t bad.

Our favorite Central Florida hike! We usually do the complete loop (the one bridge on the loop that's out and has been since Irma, can usually be walked around). The trail is currently completely flooded before the river bridge due to excessive rain the last few weeks. We'll wait a bit longer before coming back, but we will be once it dries out a bit.

Multiple trails in this park, but be prepared to share with horses, and trek through soft sugar sand. quite the workout.

Great trail. However, right now the last 1/8 mike or so is under water.

Well markes ans beautiful trail!

The Trails End Sign was no t the end of the trail on this map.

Close to the city & a great mini-hike; get away with the Lake Front

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. I did run into a few other hikers on the trail but it was not too crowded. The loop can't be completed still but it's still a good hike out. The trails were pretty well marked. I will be back to this one!

Beautiful scenery. I was able to see some interesting insects, snakes, and gators. The main trail is very straightforward and marked pretty well. There are benches but they all look unstable or are obscured by greenery. Unfortunately a couple of the boardwalks are closed and those that are open lead to overgrown and difficult (and somewhat dangerous) to navigate trails. I will most likely come back but I would love to see this place get some tlc.

Cool spot. Close to home. Birds and gators. Will bring a bike out here sometime.

hiking
5 months ago

Have 3 kids so it was an easy walk for them. Seen an armadillo and more dragonflies than I could count. Felt crowded on trails (with vegetation not people) and not very scenic.

mountain biking
5 months ago

This a really great place to get some great wildlife photos. They have a large variety of birds such as heron, egrets, ducks, coot, spoonbills, stork, crane, hawks and more .. plus alligators and occasionally other wildlife. You can walk it or bring bicycles out and ride it (which I prefer here). The scenery is beautiful too ... quite amazing for what amounts to a natural sewage treatment system.

Very nice place for hiking.

One of my favorite local trails. Plenty of shade most of the way!

hiking
5 months ago

Bring bug repellent! If you go early or late to avoid the heat, the bugs are vicious. Biting flies and mosquitoes. Aside from that, it's a beautiful hike. One of the, real Florida, type of nature trails. Mostly shaded. We didn't have time to do the whole loop, but we'll be going back for sure.

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful as always. The fluorescent green moss is there. No bugs to speak of. No mosquitoes at least. I scared armadillo. Sorry little guy

hiking
6 months ago

We are learning the basics of hiking. Trying to figure out what gear is needed and to build up for eventually a thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. After celebrating our 20 year marriage anniversary and now our youngest is graduating, along with us turning 40 it was time we did something healthy! We hiked a total of 3.5 miles but didn't realize this app records trip till after we stopped for lunch. Beautiful trail, plenty of shade, and random appreciated breezes. We startled a hog just off the trail that in turn scared us to. All we seen was a flurry of leaves and branches. We had a good laugh and really enjoyed the day overall.

hiking
6 months ago

Big bridges are still out because of Irma, so you can't complete the loop as noted in earlier reviews, but it "stops" at a beautiful flower-filled meadow where the two large bridges are. We even saw a bald eagle hunting. Good for kids (My children and I went out and back in under three hours, but we also literally stopped to smell the roses) and adults that desire the solitude of nature without an entire day of commitment.

I LOVED this hike. I walked 5 miles and saw a total count of 38 gators. Unreal. Tons of birds to see including bald eagles, spoonbills and cranes. Saw a mother and baby deer by the back of the park as well. The hike itself is a relaxing walk but it got quite hot as the morning went on. Overall it was well worth it and was a great hike! Will definitely do it again.

Definitely agree with others here, not a whole lot of shade. The trail is mainly made up of loose dirt so be ready for that as well. The map is misleading so if you wanna deviate make sure you know where you are. Other than that it was a lovely trail and got to see two deer, tortoise, a boar, amongst other animals. The ponds are also a great sight! Highly recommend.

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