No Daily-Use Permit currently required.



There are two viewing platforms/overlooks along the hiking trail - one on the South Trail and one on the Lake Loop overlooking Bonnet Pond.



lake bonnet viewing platform
Viewing platform on Lake Bonnet

In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed:

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing opportunities are best along the hiking trail system, overlooks, and pasture areas. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.


More than nine miles of marked trails lead visitors through a variety of natural communities. The North/South Trail takes you through uplands, Swamp Trail features a hike through a freshwater marsh, and along the Lake Loop you will have the opportunity to observe the lake fringe habitats of Lake Hart and Bonnet Pond. View or print trail map Adobe PDF.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is available only by permit through Orange County (407) 254-6840.  Permits are issued on Saturdays only, with no more than 10 available each Saturday.


Public Access

Vehicular access and bikes are not permitted at Spit Oak Forest. There are three entrances onto the area: Clapp Simms Road (parking available), Cyrils Drive (no parking), and via Moss Park (entrance fee required).  Possession of any animal is prohibited except horses are allowed by permit.



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

From Florida's Turnpike: Take Exit 244 (U.S. 192) and go east on U.S. 192 approximately 7.5 miles to Narcoossee Road (C.R. 15) and turn north. Follow C.R. 15 north for 7 miles and turn east on Clapp-Simms-Duda Road and follow the signs to the entrance.

View a location map Adobe PDF


Nearest Cities/Towns

Orlando (11 miles northwest), St. Cloud (6 miles southwest) Kissimmee (10 miles west).

FWC Facts:
Burrowing owls live as single breeding pairs or in loose colonies consisting of two or more families. Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are active during both day and night.

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