There is an enchanting place in the heart of The Sunshine State that would make Winnie The Pooh feel right at home. The Split Oak Forest near Orlando gives off the feeling that you're wandering within the Hundred Acre Wood. It seems as if Pooh and the gang will come out and greet you as soon as you enter.\nThis forest sits on the border between Orange and Osceola counties and is filled with towering live oak trees and scenic trails that will give you a break from the grind of city life.\nIt's also home to a diverse set of wildlife.\nEditor's Choice: Tim Hortons Is Giving Away Free Coffee & You Can Get One Every Half Hour\n\n View this post on Instagram So this 200 year old tree is the namesake for Split Oak Forest. It is split down the middle and still living it’s best life. Also, I feel like pictures just don’t do it justice. This has got to be one of my favorite hikes so far. This area is beautiful, with lots of different ecosystems. It’s also been blazed for the Florida Trail, though it does not connect to the thru-trail. I noticed as I drove in that the forest is surrounded by construction, which makes the threat of further development all the more sad. Check out @savesplitoak for more info. I’ll be sharing some more pictures, including wild hog tracks tomorrow, so be on the lookout @mockingbirdtrails ✨🥾 A post shared by Mockingbird Trails (@mockingbirdtrails) on Sep 16, 2020 at 10:44am PDT\n\nWhy is it named Split Oak Forest?\nThe name of the park comes from a tree that is actually split in half.\nSitting within the park is a squat-trunk live oak tree, which is literally split into two. The tree is still living, and you can see the unique tree trunk for yourself on one of the trails.\nThe wood is owned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who took control of the forest in 1994.\nToday, the forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife and nature trails that you and your crew can trek.\n\n View this post on Instagram nature in fl means having wet sand between your toes at all times • • 📷 @shannonlarocca A post shared by Valentina (@valentina_sie) on Sep 13, 2020 at 5:25pm PDT\n\nWhat kind of hiking trails are in the park?\nYou will be able to hike over nine miles worth of trails within the forest.\nWhile there are no paved trails, all of the hiking routes are marked, so you won't get lost while traveling through the park.\nA section of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail cuts right through Split Oak Forest.\nThe trail connects to over 500 wildlife viewing spots across the state and has a section that will take you to an overlook to see the wildlife that calls the forest home.\nThere's also a 5.4-mile trail that will take you through the uplands of the park, and the near-mile Swamp Trail that connects to Moss Park, which sits beside the forest.\n\n View this post on Instagram Orlando friends! I will be passing yard signs tomorrow to show support to save split oak! To get one go to Savesplitoak.org or send me a private message with your name, address, email and phone number and we'll get them delivered soon Contactless! Another way to show support is to donate to the website to help pay for this campaign. Let's Save this Forest! photo credit and more info: @savesplitoak A post shared by Making Saving the Earth Fun (@frankoscarweaver) on Aug 29, 2020 at 7:39am PDT\n\nWhat will you see during the hike?\nYou'll get an up-close-and-personal view of towering oak trees and wildlife.\nThere are all sorts of animals that call the Split Oak Forest home, from snakes to gopher tortoises, that you'll be able to see on your hike.\nIf you hike the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, you may get a glimpse at songbirds that fly to the park on a seasonal basis.\nAlong with one of the nature trails, you'll see the park's namesake, the squat-trunk live oak that is split right down the middle.\nThe Split Oak Forest is open before sunset and closes right after sunset.\n\n\n\nSplit Oak Forest\nPrice: No Daily Use Permit Required \nAddress: 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd., Orlando, FL \nWhy You Need To Go: A live oak forest that will make you feel as if you're in the Hundred Acre Wood. \nWebsite\nBefore you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.