Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area


Split Oak Forest WEA, named for a spectacular 200 year-old live oak tree that split down the middle and survived, features abundant wildlife, pleasant trails and scenic wetland overlooks. 



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Things to do

Explore the network of trails and unpaved roads and enjoy wildlife viewing and habitat diversity.  read more »


This site on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail supports a sizable population of gopher tortoises, along with many species that are associated with their burrows. read more »

Habitat and Management

Split Oak Forest is currently managed to enhance and preserve the habitat of the gopher tortoise and other wildlife and plants. read more »


Portions of Split Oak were once used for turpentine and cattle operations and now are managed to sustain gopher tortoises and other wildlife. read more »

Planning Your Visit

Split Oak Forest is located in Orange and Osceola counties approximately 16 miles south of Orlando. read more »


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