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Spring Hammock Preserve Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Longwood, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 22 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bridge out

Muddy

Over grown

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Getting There

Park at the trailhead and hike down the main road (cypress trail). There are information signs along the way. There is a spring located along west side of the trail about a mile from the trailhead.

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Trailhead is off of 419. Here are the coordinates: N 28° 43.261 W 081° 18.469

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Andrea Hinch
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Walking

We entered the park at 439 and Osprey and passed the environmental center to get to parking lot. I believe this is next to the Cross Seminole Trail that is paved and people were biking on it pretty heavily, there is an entrance to it into the woods that is unmarked. There is a sign on the paved trail listing several trails you can hook up with along the way as well as some info on how to join a hikers group. It is a mile (or less) totally shaded sandy trail with a tiny spring halfway though it so I would say it is ideal for family or dog walks. Along the way it has a couple of offshoot boardwalks into the woods with one marked but the others are not, except to say how many meters. I was told by others walkers on the way that one boardwalk trail on the right led to a large cypress tree but was slippery and had nails sticking out. Due to the amount of spiders (one was yellow and huge) and the water looking fabulous for gators and snakes, we stayed on the trail. The trail ends with a sign saying trail ends here (which is confusing because the trail map makes it seem like it hooks up with Lake Jesup but maybe we understood it wrong?) but there is a thin trail off to the right that parallels the creek. In general, the offshoot trails seem overgrown so would go down them with caution. I preferred this trail in general because I only wanted to walk an hour round trip (which we did doing this) and be in the shade.

Jason Dumont
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Yazmin Rubi
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HikingBridge outBugsOver grown
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Anthony Henson
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HikingBridge outBugs

Most of the bridges were still out, and the trail offshoots from the ones that weren't out are rather over grown. The main trail is very well maintained.

Natalie Ayala
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Hiking

We hiked with our 2 years old and enjoyed the multiple steps that lead to the creek bed along the main trail.

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Chris Bridges
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HikingOff trailOver grown

Very pretty, mostly shaded area. We went off trail twice; once to the left, where a clear path ultimately faded and we doubled back rather than get confused, and on part of the loop that follows the stream just off the wider trail path. Lots of great sightseeing but the loop gets narrow with growth close to your feet in places. We saw a baby gator by the water, and had a surprise (but harmless) encounter with a snake, but it was a really nice walk.

Jo Murphy
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HikingBridge out

Trail is well maintained in the open sections with a wide dirt path. The boardwalk is down and broken in several places making that an impassable danger. It’s a shame they’ve let the maintenance fall to the side, it was likely beautiful at one time.

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Kari Freeman
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Hiking

Very nice trail for central Florida. Shaded about 90% of the time. This trail is much better if you take the full loop. Once you hit the “trail end” sign at the end, continue on the pretty obvious trail to the right. It’s more narrow than the rest of the trail and parts of it you’ll have brush up against your ankles and you’ll need to hop over a few small logs, but it’s a very pleasant walk along a creek. Saw lots of fish, turtles, and a few small gators in the creek.

Jason Helms
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Samantha Fuentes
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HikingOff trail

This is one of my favorite quick trip trails. When you get to the end of the main trail you can take an “off trail” trail toward the right and hike for longer. It’s really beautiful. Tight so be prepared for that! Bring a hammock for optimum leisure.

Sahar Yona
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HikingOff trail
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Carlos Martinez
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WalkingBridge out

While the main path is nice and wide, there are two bridges that are damaged or destroyed. We entered the trail by back trails so never encountered any signs telling us that the bridges were damaged, which lead us to find paths through the bridges because we were already half way through. Overall, I enjoyed the challenge of walking the bridge to the other side but wish I had been made aware of it. The second damaged bridge is all the way on the end of the trail and is missing the first section so we didn't touch that one. All in all, recommended just know if you go on the bridge on (or from) the right, that there will be damaged sections you need to bypass.

Kirsten Scher
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Hiking

This was a beautiful trail. Perfect for families. It was so peaceful and quiet. It’s super easy. Nice and shaded.

Trey Tate
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Hiking

Nice dog-friendly trail. No noticeable elevation changes. Easy out and back. Park in lot and go left. Can’t miss it.

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Alison Smolarek
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Hiking

Great trail, and it does make a nice loop if you’re brave enough to look for it. The loop winds you from the wide well worn path at the end of the trail back to beginning through the woods on a small but easy to follow path along the stream. Plenty of great places for your dog to take dip if they want!

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Ninah Diaz-Rodriguez
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MACY SOLIS
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still giving a 2. im upset the two bridges have been unfixed since hurricane Charley in 2005. good for kids. good for a quick run. the mountain bike trail is good too. used to blaze that like crazy when i had my fuji. thats a good hike also, be mindful of those bikers for they haul butt sometimes. best time to explore and run this trail is early morning while everyone is working. i take my 7 year old and 8 month xolo pup here

Jaime Alderman
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we hiked it, even though its technically a mountain bike trail. we were just mindful of moving for bikes. Everyone was accommodating and kind. the trail is.well kept and beautiful!

Rachel E.
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Great for families. Not too crowded. Shaded easy path with lots smaller break off paths. There's a little pond with a turtle and some snakes.

Paul Molina
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Terri King
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Walking

Very nice shaded path that is wide and good for walking.

Austin Crouthamel
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Hiking

Nice open trail.

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Seráh Blain
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HikingBridge outBugsMuddy

This trail is an easy forest walk, but if you veer to the right (on the old Robin Trail) shortly after getting onto the main trail from the Cross Seminole Trail, you can still access the Limpkin Trail and do most of the original loop. This loop follows Soldiers Creek into gorgeous ancient cypress, and is both a solitary and more challenging hike. We hiked on a Sunday afternoon and the main trail was packed with families, but once we got into the Limpkin Trail, it was gloriously peaceful. I love me some cypress swamp!

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