Big Tree Park -The park is a part of the larger Spring Hammock Preserve, where there are more ancient cypress hidden in the woods along their trail system.
This park is located on the beautifully shaded General Hutchinson Parkway between U.S. 17-92 and State Road 427 north of Longwood and serves as a Trailhead for the Cross Seminole Trail. The park is a step back in time. Walk through a natural hydric hammock swamp as you make your way on the boardwalk to the former sight of “The Senator” an approximately 3,500 year old Bald Cypress Tree that was lost to fire in January of 2012. Proceed further to see the Senator’s sister tree, “Lady Liberty”, an approximately 2,000 year old Bald Cypress Tree. This property was donated to Seminole County by Senator M.O. Overstreet and dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1929.
On March 2, Big Tree Park was re-opened to the public after being closed for almost a year after the fire that destroyed “The Senator.” A memorial was developed and includes interpretive signage along the newly renovated boardwalk, a playground piece that mimics a bald cypress tree stump and a clone of “The Senator” that was planted near the playground.
The name for the clone is “The Phoenix.”
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