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Oakland Nature Preserve

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Great hike with nature

This is a fairly large preserve, had a great hike to the water and even managed to see a panther... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Ted K
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Winter Garden, Florida
Long walk in the deep, dark woods. 0.9 miles to the water.

Didn't see many animals but the flora and fauna were excellent. Boardwalk was slippery but nice... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2018
Gary U
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Ocala, Florida, United States
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Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP) is located in Orange County, Florida on the south end of Lake Apopka. It encompasses 128 acres that include five of Florida's 12 major ecosystems. The Preserve is open 365 day a year, and its over 13 miles of hiking...more
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747 Machette Trl, Oakland, FL 34760-8985
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great boardwalk area that is obviously well maintained. Took the 2/3 mile walk with my son with his walker and the area was well suited for someone in a wheelchair or walker. The walk is very long and there are many rest area benches along...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a fairly large preserve, had a great hike to the water and even managed to see a panther crazy enough! Lots of birds, gators and other wildlife you can encounter. Perfect place for a hike.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ted K
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Didn't see many animals but the flora and fauna were excellent. Boardwalk was slippery but nice. 0.9 miles out to the water. Whew! Hot and humid this day, but the walk was pleasant enough. Lots of butterflies, grasshoppers, etc.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Gary U
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Had a great time. Bathrooms have a/c. Butterflies are everywhere Saw 1 large Gator and 5 babies Lots of birds and dragonflies

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gena G
Reviewed 25 March 2018

While visiting Florida from CA, our son and his family decided to take us to this Preserve. We rented a tandem from a rental shop one mile away (they had their own bikes). We biked to the Preserve and thoroughly enjoyed walking through the Preserve...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Gene P
Reviewed 16 March 2018

Nice relaxing trail stroll!!!!! You can't beat the price (FREE). Information is given on the trail for plants. Sometimes you will see alligators large and small near the lake.The deck, which ends on Lake Apopka is covered and a fantastic place to sit and have...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Lonnie23
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately half the boardwalk was wiped out during the hurricane. They are quickly working to make necessary repairs and I hope to return once they are finished. Overall it was still a beautiful day and we were able to see a racoon and plenty of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank dlicari26
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Beautifully made boardwalk to the Lake, showcasing their nature. Pros: Beautiful Sounds of nature - wonderful Unusual insects and a small alligator to be seen on our day Good toilet facilities at base Cons Wish there had been a member of staff around to point...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank mc2010uk
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

A beautiful place well worth a visit, the boardwalk through marsh and swamp out to the lake is wonderful, we saw several butterflies, birds insects and one small gator! Its quite shady if like us your visiting in the summer sun, we definitely hope to...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank hjsteevens
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Nice few hours out. Spotted Bald Eagle, White Ibis, Anhinga, Osprey, Blue Jay, Great Blue Heron. Lovely little spot, nice boarded walkway, nice clean toilets and room with a touch table, fossils, etc. Would recommend.

Date of experience: August 2017
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