Hancock Trail


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Hancock Trail Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Lake
Length: 6.5 miles
Trail end points: Oakley Seaver Drive & Old Wickam Drive and County Road 561A
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10485669

Hancock Trail Description

The Hancock Trail is 6.5 miles of smooth as ice, undulating multi-purpose trail in Lake County, Florida. It’s wide - a good 14 ft - and the hilly topography can either be a moderate challenge or a huge bonus depending on what you are looking for. The trail’s southern terminus at the intersection of Oakely Seaver Drive and Don Wickam Drive in Clermont. At the Cooper Memorial Library, the trail dips under Hancock Road and starts to head north.

About 1/3 of the way north, the trail crosses back to the west side of Hancock road into a utility corridor in the shadow of towering steel pylons. Just beyond Old Highway 50, the north-south Hancock Trail meets the east-west South Lake & Lake Minneola Scenic Trail. To remain on the Hancock Trail, you’ll need to cross the busy N Hancock-Old Highway 50 intersection and make a sharp left back towards Hancock Road.

The trail continues directly north, past the Florida Turnpike and heads up to its northern terminal at County Road 561A.

The trail itself is clean and well-maintained, although there is not much in the way of scenery. Points of interest include the Lake Minneola High School, Minneola Athletic Complex, Cooper Memorial Library (part of Lake Sumter State College) and of course, the South Lake Trail. It’s also not shaded and there are few, if any, places to stop for water, so be sure to carry your own.

Parking and Trail Access

At the southern endpoint you can park at the Cooper Memorial Library (1250 N Hancock Rd, Clermont)

At the midpoint you can park at the Minneola Athletic Complex (1300 Fosgate Rd, Minneola).

Hancock Trail Reviews

Hill work

On our visit to Florida and first time in the saddle in six months we opted for a short day, about 20 miles. We parked at the Copper library which was convenient and had nice bathrooms and water. There are new developments and a shopping complex since the details to this trail were written. At about mile 5 there is a Publix, Starbucks and a few more retail stores. There were a lot of roads to cross and hills to climb. We opted for a 6 mile round trip down the intersecting Lake Shore trail to Minneola Lake. That was a nice, scenic section. Overall a good day to start our season.

Offers Unique and Limited Beauty

There is an amazing quality to the vistas you can find here. Undeveloped rolling hills of grass and trees, eerie stillness, and strange dreamlike feelings galore. Extremely liminal, particularly in the early evening. Bring your own water!!

Addendum trail

This trail connects with the South Lake trail to give the combination more critical mass in miles and some nice rolling hills to break things up. Nothing notable in the scenery, but it was fun to ride.

Challenging but beautiful

We started at the golf club. We only rode this trail for a very short distance - but what we did see the trail was absolutely beautiful. It was too challenging for my wife and I - we are in our mid 70s. Glad we gave it a shot. (Wish we were 10 years younger!

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