Split Oak Forest - Things to Do
Explore a network of unimproved roads and more than nine miles of marked trails through a variety of habitats.
Wildlife viewing opportunities at this Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail site are best along the hiking trail system, and at overlooks and pasture areas. Visitors have an opportunity to see gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes, fox squirrels, butterflies, woodpeckers, kestrels and a variety of resident and seasonal songbirds. Visit the Wildlife page for more details.
Hiking and Horseback Riding
More than nine miles of marked trails wind through a variety of natural communities and feature short spur trails to scenic overlooks, offering opportunities for both hiking and horseback riding. The 5.3-mile North/South Trail traverses uplands; the 0.8-mile Swamp Trail connects to Moss Park to the north of the area and features a hike through a freshwater marsh; the Lake Loop skirts the edges of Lake Hart and Bonnet Pond. The 0.9-mile Center Trail cuts east/west across the middle of the area and connects two segments of the North/South Trail. Hikes and trail rides are most pleasant in the cooler, winter months.