Hike the Cross Seminole trail at Soldier's Creek Park. Enjoy the birds, butterflies, trees and most of all--fresh air. The hike 2 way is 1.75 miles of easy terrain in cool weather.
SOLDIERS CREEK PARK is a Community park located next to the
Spring Hammock preserve and along 419. The park's sports
amenities include a multiuse field, 4 softball fields
(185’ outfields), 4 baseball fields (110’, 185’, 200’, and
300’ outfields). The Cross Seminole Trail crosses the NORTH
side of the property and the park serves as a trailhead.
The Spring Hammock Preserve is an approximately 1,500 acre property that includes Soldier's Creek Park and Big Tree Park as well as a portion of the Cross Seminole Trail and the Florida National Scenic Trail.
Approximately 446 acres of the hammock were acquired by the state and subleased to Seminole County for management purposes. Most of the property remains in a natural state, however the property is surrounded by urban development, except for the east boundary which is Lake Jesup.
The Seminole County Public Schools has leased part of the property and built and Environmental Studies Center where they bring grade 5 classes throughout the County to the facility for environmental education. This property is a unique assemblage of floodplain forest, hydric hammock, upland mixed hardwoods and pine flatwoods. There are many rare and listed species including the bipinnate cuplet fern (Dennstaedtia bipinnata), Ockeechobee gourd (Cucurbita okeechobeensis), and the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). There is a boardwalk that leads through second growth cypress forest out to Lake Jesup.
This from yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/spring-hammock-preserve-sanford
Wild and Wonderful
Spring Hammock Preserve is a incredible 1,500 acre chunk of pristine and unspoiled wilderness surrounded by urban sprawl, highways and malls. It somehow retains it's beautiful and peaceful natural state in the mist of all that civilization.
The preserve is home to an incredible amount of cool plants and animals. Huge and ancient cypress trees that count centuries as humans count days and bizarre looking cabbage palms and hammocks are everywhere. However the preserve is also home to some very rare and endangered critters and flora like gopher tortoises and Okeechobee gourds. Something to see and be amazed at just about everywhere you look.
The cross Seminole bike trail cuts through the preserve and a cool environmental studies center educate kids about the wonders of the wild things on the planets and how to preserve them. The preserve is a great place for a road bike, mountain bike or especially just two legs and some hiking boots. I was about to say it would be a wonderful place to cross-country ski but that might be stretching it a bit.
The Spring Hammock Preserve is an amazing place that is great anytime of the year but since some of it is in the Lake Jessup flood plain some care has to be taken during the wet season not to end up underwater. The preserve is one of those amazing places that somehow manages to be wild, pristine and untamed even in the middle of everything humans can throw at it. It is one of those places that will always make you smile and realize some place are better without people and civilization.
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