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Split Oak Forest - Things to Do

Trail Changes

The trail system on Split Oak Forest WEA is in the process of being remarked. The colored and numbered signs on posts are being replaced by painted colored blazes on trees. We apologize for any inconvenience while we work to make improvements to the area.

New Split Oak Forest WEA Trail Guide
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Explore a network of unimproved roads and more than nine miles of marked trails through a variety of habitats.

Wildlife Viewing

Man on observation platform

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

dirt track for equestrians and hikers

Download the Split Oak Forest WEA Trail Guide.

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.