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Oakland Nature Preserve

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Easy walking trails

We visited the Oakland Nature Preserve on January 2 and had a great time. There are 8 hiking... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2019
Orlando, FL
Wonderful natural area for hiking

Looking for a convenient area to meet friends, Oakland NP offered an outdoor area for nature... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2019
Deborah M
Paint Lick, Kentucky, 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
747 Machette Trl, Oakland, FL 34760-8985
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Reviewed 17 January 2019

We visited the Oakland Nature Preserve on January 2 and had a great time. There are 8 hiking trails on the preserve, The one that interested us the most was the Boardwalk Trail which goes from the Welcome Center directly out to Lake Apopka. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joe-SVL
Reviewed 14 January 2019

Looking for a convenient area to meet friends, Oakland NP offered an outdoor area for nature exploration. Based on previous TA reviews, we were not disappointed. Traveling with one in our group whom uses a motorized chair, the boardwalk was perfect for our slow-paced walk...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Deborah M
Reviewed 13 January 2019

If you like nature walks and seeing Florida's animals and birds, this is a lovely little park with a mile or so boardwalk up to Lake Apopka and woodland walk on a sandy trail. There no charge to park or for park entry. They also...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank D590OMdavidm
Reviewed 18 December 2018

The boardwalks and trails are nicely maintained at this preserve with plenty of parking as well. We didn't get to see any animals the day we were there but did see many beautiful wild flowers. There are a couple of benches along the way but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Questovia
Reviewed 23 November 2018

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 6 November 2018

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 24 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
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Roger N
8 March 2018|
Response from Adventure619280 |
From their website: For the safety of your pet and our wildlife, only service animals are permitted. * Service animals must be on a leash. * Owners must clean up after their animals.