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,
southwest of Orlando, Florida. The St. Johns River Watermangement
District is the lead manager of the area.
Hours and Fees
The preserve is open all year long. No closing hours posted. No fees required.
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.
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
Campsites are for tent campers only. Each is equipped with
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
Nearest campsite is about 2
|Group Campsite, also known as
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
The trailhead is located at the park entrance off of Dallas
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
flooded especially around the Econlockhatchee River area.
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 at Hal Scott|
Hunting is not permitted in the preserve.
- Aerial map showing trails within Hal Scott. Photo
taken in 2004.
- Topographical map showing trails, campsites and
other features within Hal Scott.
- Google map of Hal Scott showing hiking trails and
St. Johns River Water Management District
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, Florida 32178-1429
updated on 14-Dec-2012