Acorn Hammock Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Winter Haven, Florida that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching



Nestled on the north east edge of Lake Hancock, just across the lake from Circle B Bar Reserve lies Marshall Hampton Reserve. The Reserve has a interesting blend of oak hammock areas canopying over mesic flatwoods, hardwood forest wetlands and a 60 acre pond. Cypress Dome Swamp Freshwater swamps such as cypress domes contain water at least part of the year. Cypress trees lose their leaves in the winter, but bright green foliage appears again in the spring. Pine Flatwoods The flatwood community is dominated by pines such as longleaf and slash. Saw palmetto is abundant in the understory, along with blueberry, gallberry, fetterbush and the occasional frostweed aster. Hammock The hammock community contains remnant portions of wet, mesic and scrubby flatwoods. The absence of fire in these systems allows the woody trees such as oak to grow too large and the large trees start to shade out the plants growing closer to the ground.

29 days ago

This was a great find. It was a wonderful shaded trail and marked. Enjoyed it a lot!

1 month ago

closed til further notice

2 months ago

as of April 1st gates are locked til further notice jfyi.

3 months ago

Nice trail for a day hike. Not sure I agree with the difficulty being moderate. More like Very Easy.

7 months ago

Beautiful old hammocks, but some seem to be under stress. Perhaps there have been changes in the water table, or an increase in horse traffic, but the trees are getting sick...

8 months ago

me and my dog axel had a wonderful time

off trail
9 months ago

bridge out
10 months ago

11 months ago

I did the Acorn Hammock Trail and the Osprey Overlook Trail as one combined hike covering about 5.5 miles. The Acorn Hammock portion is mostly shaded but there are wet spots, which you might expect during the Florida summer. Nothing impassable but I'd recommend water-proof shoes. The Osprey Overlook Loop is shorter but all open, making it very hot. It circles the small lake in the middle of the preserve. There are a couple of spots where it looks like the trail had followed a different path at one time, but they are now closed, though you can still see them on the map. There is also a new trail that is partially open (about 5.25 miles one way as of June, 2019) called Panther Point. That trail can be accessed from the same location as Acorn Hammock and follows part of the Osprey Overlook Trail for about a mil

over grown
Wed Apr 17 2019

Sat Mar 23 2019

Wonderful hike at the start of spring! Great conditions even in a light on/off drizzle. A few notes: not crowded, lots of foliage in spring, and this is not a wheelchair friendly hike, as the paths are unpaved.

Enjoy geocaching along the trail. Beautiful landscapes and wildlife sitings.

Tue Dec 18 2018

great trail I always enjoy this trail for a quick day hike. It gives you a good mix of a forest setting loop trail with some wet areas. It is a very peaceful enjoyable hike that isnt to hard.

Sat Dec 01 2018

the trees on this trail are so beautiful and create a mystical atmosphere. i jiked this back the end of August when is rained a lot and there are definite areas with flooding so bring the right hiking shoes/boots! it's a beautiful hike

Sun Oct 14 2018

Acorn loop trail was nice and shaded. Osprey loop trail had no shade. Combined they are about 4.5 miles. Overall very nice trails, well maintained, not crowded and you can see alligators in the lake. I would definitely recommend this trail.

Wed Jun 20 2018

We took the Osprey trail - no osprey sightings. Path is not paved. Mostly grass/dirt. Some areas of sand or crushed shell. Not good for anyone in a wheelchair or using a walker/cane. It was nice but not a place I would go back. Quiet & peaceful. Contrary to the signage, not much wildlife or birds. Saw 2 birds & 3 ducks. We did see a few butterflies and some pretty wildflowers. Passed 4 other people all by the way. We saw one

Sun Jan 28 2018

Did a 5 mile hike past 2 beautiful ponds and one lake. Lots of different wildlife and ecosystems along the way.

Wed Aug 09 2017

Did this on a lark, although it would have been more fun on a horse...OK, I thought it was funny. Anyway, in Florida on a business trip and it was close by so I thought I would test my arid mountain mettle against the humidity of Florida. I was so busy looking at the lake that I walked right by the start of the loop portion. Went on about a half mile before I realized my mistake! Went back and did the loop. It was peaceful, with a lot of butterflies, a few armadillo, and about 14.2 million mosquitoes per cubic centimeter. Bug spray is advised, but I found that turning my stroll into a jog kept them trailing. Overall, a nice sample of Central Florida forest. Trail got pretty swampy where it cuts back to the northeast to close the loop, but otherwise very well marked. The lake was the best part IMO, but avant garde types might enjoy B&W snaps in the wooded canopy. Very haunting. All in all a nice diversion and a damn sight better than a hotel treadmill.

Thu Jun 15 2017

I really like this trail but during the rainy season it floods a lot so not easy to trek but still fun if you like to play in the mud.

Mon Apr 24 2017

I find this trail extremely peaceful. There are few people and you won't see much wildlife but it's a calm quiet walk in the woods. The landscape is fairly uniform but toward the back of the trail there are some beautiful older trees that have a lot of what I consider"personality" its an easy walk but as with any bring water.

Mon Apr 10 2017

Great trail! Provides lots of shade and diverse views. If you read the reviews, you will find someone who reviewed the trail a few years prior and was concerned about the swamp like conditions. I would agree, the trail would be treacherous after intense rain, something common during the summer months. Rain storms would flood the trail, which is a mix of sand and dirt. You would sink! You need to watch your footing on a dry day. In my view, it is much better then the start of panther point, which doesn't get scenic till 4 miles into the run. Go for it, on a dry day!

Tue Feb 28 2017

Beautiful walking area with plenty of parking.

Sun Feb 12 2017

well maintained and flat. really sunny though so plenty of sweat stains..LOL. huge GATORS within a few feet of trail. cool but kinda scary too.

Tue Jan 10 2017

Nice hike. I agree with other reviewer to stay on the high Trail and avoid the mud. The trails come back together , and you can avoid the mud. Lots of birds on the Osprey Trail. Saw an armadillo on the acorn Trail.

Thu Dec 01 2016

Hiked Acorn in late November. Less than .01" of rain this month so the trail was clean and dry. Still, if you run the "low road" at the split between Acorn and Osprey, you will find ankle deep mud there. If you take the "high road" you can bypass the only mud and transition later to Acorn from Osprey when the trails separate from running parallel. Beautiful hike, right time of year to do it. Dry and very limited bugs under high sun. Acorn provided good shade from full sun also.

Wed Nov 23 2016

I really enjoyed the view and the walk was nice. I saw a lot of wildlife including ducks birds and a few gators. When you start the trail it takes you through a crazy part of the forest with twisted trees. Took a lot of photos. I recommend it to anyone

Thu Jul 14 2016

flooding in spots

Sun May 01 2016

Mostly shady but we hiked a little more then 3.5 miles. Easy trail to hike.

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