Come to the Spring Hammock Preserve! It’s one of the most beautiful places in Central Florida. The preserve is 1,500 acres, and features hidden springs, enormous cypresses, and the Seminole County Environmental Studies Center.
Vegetation and Wildlife are plentiful and welcomed sight along the many hiking trails, that are rated at a beginners level of difficulty to complete yet feature everything from boardwalk trails, paved trails, to wet and muddy trails for the more adventurous hiker.
Those muddy trails are where the annual “Mud Walk” is held, which are a favorite of many generations of scholars.
The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset, but be cautious for the gates close at dusk! Bathrooms are available at the Environmental Studies Center which is open Monday through Friday, or across the street at the Soldier Creek Park ball fields. While the Spring Hammok Preserve is paradise, it’s still Florida, so sunscreen, bugs pray, and lots of water are a must! No fees or permits required.
The best way to get to the preserve from I-4 Is by taking exit 98 to Lake Mary / Heathrow. Then head East on Lake Mary Boulevard for approximately a mile and a half until it end at Ronald Reagan Boulevard. There you take a left and then take your first right onto General Hutchinson Parkway.
Big Tree park will be on your right hand side by the way, which is worth checking out if you want to see Lady Liberty and the Senator. As you continue down General Hutchinson Parkway through the Preserve, you can turn left at the traffic light at US 17-92. Travel for a bit under a mile, and then make a right hand turn at the traffic light heading onto SR 419.
After another half a mile or more, you will have reached your destination. The Preserve entrance. Look to your left across from the Osprey Trail ball fields and you will see it. As you drive through the gates parking is on your right.