Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park

Hal Scott is a 9,387 acre preserve and  park located near the headwaters of the Econlockhatchee River in east Orange County, southeast of Orlando, Florida. The St. Johns River Watermangement District is the lead manager of the area.

Entrance Sign Big Cypress Airplant

Hours and Fees

The preserve is open all year long. No closing hours posted. No fees required.

Directions

From I-95 exit 75 near Cocoa, head west on SR 520 until you get to the Wedgefield subdivision which is about 17 miles. Turn left on Maxim Parkway and follow road until it ends.  Turn left on Bancroft Blvd and then take the next right turn which is Meredith Parkway. Follow road until it meets Dallas Blvd. Turn left and drive for about 1.6 miles. Entrance to park will be on your right.

From Orlando, get on the Beachline Expressway (SR 528) and go east until you reach the exit ramp for Dallas Blvd. Turn left and go north for about 1.5 miles. Park entrance will be on your left.  GPS coordinates: N28 29.180 W81 05.751.

Camping

Hal Scott has three primitive campsites situated near the Econlockhatchee River. Two of the campsites (Hancock and Yates) are available on a first come first serve basis. The other campsite (Canal 3) is designated as a group campsite and must be reserved ahead of time from the St. Johns River Water Management District (see contact information below).  Maximum stay is 7 days.

Campsites are for tent campers only.  Each is equipped with fire rings and picnic tables. Both the group campsite and Yates campsite have wells with pitcher pumps. Note: Water from these wells are nonpotable (ie. should be boiled or chemically treated).  Also a very nice pit privy is available at the group campsite.

Campers with permits may drive a limited number of  vehicles to the group campsite.  All others must leave their vehicles in the parking lot and hike in.  Nearest campsite is about 2 miles. 

Group Camp Group Sign
Group Campsite, also known as Canal 3

Hancock Camp Site (11/06/00) Yates Campsite
Hancock Campsite Yates Campsite

Hiking

Hal Scott has nearly 16 miles of double-track trails open to hiking, biking and horse back riding.  The trails are divided into 3 loops, each blazed with a different color (red, white and yellow).  The trailhead is located at the park entrance off of Dallas Blvd. Plenty of parking is available. Trail maps are usually available at the kiosk.

The terrain is mostly wide-open pine flatlands, great for observing flycatcher, bald eagles, red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, bobcats, indigo snakes and other open habitat creatures. You may even get lucky and spot an otter or two playing in one of the nearby streams. Best time to visit is during the cooler months (November through May). During peak rainy season, trails may become flooded especially around the Econlockhatchee River area.

Flooded Trail River Crossing
Flooded Trail River Crossing

Another great time to visit is during a full moon.  Hal Scott doesn't close after sundown, like many public lands do, so you're welcome to hike the trails during the night. Bring a friend or two and enjoy the sights and sounds of the wild under a moon-lit sky. It's an experience you'll never forget.

Full Moon Hike
Full Moon at Hal Scott

Hunting

Hunting is not permitted in the preserve.

Maps

Aerial Map
Print Map
Topo Map
Print Map

GPS Data

File Formats Downloads
Garmin MapSource trails.gdb, trails.mps
TopoGraphix ExpertGPS trails.gpx
Google Earth trails.kmz
National Geographic TOPO! trails.tpo

Flowers

Atlantic St. Johns Wort Bog Batchelors Button White-Topped Aster
Atlantic St. Johns Wort Bog Bachelor's Button White-Topped Aster
Hooded Pitcherplant Pickerelweed Myrtleleaf St. Johns Wort
Hooded Pitcher Plant Pickerelweed Myrtleleaf St. Johns Wort
Yellow Butterwort Multi-Flowered Grass Pink Crow Poison or Osceola's Plume
Yellow Butterwort Multi-Flowered Grass Pink Crow Poison

Local Weather

Contact Information:

St. Johns River Water Management District
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, Florida 32178-1429
(386) 329-4404

Trail Notes

Additional information

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Last updated on 18-Mar-2014