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.

This 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.

It's also home to a diverse set of wildlife.

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Why is it named Split Oak Forest?

The name of the park comes from a tree that is actually split in half.

Sitting 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.

The wood is owned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who took control of the forest in 1994.

Today, the forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife and nature trails that you and your crew can trek.

What kind of hiking trails are in the park?

You will be able to hike over nine miles worth of trails within the forest.

While there are no paved trails, all of the hiking routes are marked, so you won't get lost while traveling through the park.

A section of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail cuts right through Split Oak Forest.

The 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.

There'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.

What will you see during the hike?

You'll get an up-close-and-personal view of towering oak trees and wildlife.

There 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.

If 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.

Along 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.

The Split Oak Forest is open before sunset and closes right after sunset.

Split Oak Forest

Price: No Daily Use Permit Required

Address: 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd., Orlando, FL

Why You Need To Go: A live oak forest that will make you feel as if you're in the Hundred Acre Wood.

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