Here at the University of Central Florida, students have various opportunities to engage and enjoy the outdoors thanks to the UCF Arboretum and the Recreation and Wellness Center’s Outdoor Adventure Center. UCF students who want to enjoy the outdoors are encourage to take advantage of Lake Claire, which offers free rentals of equipment and water vessel, and the Arboretum’s Natural Areas, which offers Geocaches, hiking trails, and a place for picnics.
Lake Claire and Natural Area Trails
The four trails located in the Natural Areas total three miles and take our visitors through four unique Florida habitats. The Cypress Trail (0.71 miles) encircles a magnificent cypress dome, while adjacent to that the Transition Trail (0.32 miles) winds through the beautiful Oak Hammock, a great place to meet with friends or quietly study. The Fire Loop (0.81 miles) and the Wildflower Loop (1.17 miles) guide our visitors through two different types of flat woods, pine and scrubby, where both plants and animals can be observed regularly in their natural environments. The fifth trail takes hikers around Lake Claire (1.4 miles) for a full loop, allowing for start and finish at the Lake Claire Recreational Area. There are two look-out points on the trail where picnicking or relaxing with a book would be ideal, as well a a secret dock.
Interested in tours of our Arboretum, please visit our Tours page for more information.
For events and scheduled tours, please check our event page and calendar.