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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.
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).
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