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The Great American Pin-Up Series: Tink LbNA #57895

Owner:DS Contact
Plant date:May 22, 2011
Location: 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd, Orlando
Planted by:Lock, Shock & Barrel Contact
Found by: burning feet
Last found: Mar 15, 2023
Hike distance:3-5 mi
Last edited:Mar 16, 2023
Many visitors to the Orlando area know quite well that the fairy named Tinkerbell can be seen each evening, in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. But where is she the rest of the time? Have you ever wondered where Tink spends her daylight hours? Then read on, friend, and find out!

To the south, on the ragged edge of Orange County, sits a tiny piece of Neverland that can only be visited by those with a sense of whimsy, and a longing for adventure. It is one of those magical places that exist just outside of the world that we’ve made for ourselves, as a reminder of what once was. And in this little slice of the world, there are heroes hard at work. There are dangers lurking in the tall grass. And there are fairies and lost boys.

To go there, you simply need to believe...
(Well, actually – you also need a car. And a map of the area. But go with me on this one.)

Find Split Oak Forest at 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd, Orlando, FL, part of the Orange County Parks & Recreation system. Though relatively small in size, this area is ecologically important, and is home to white-tailed deer, fox squirrels, bobcats, sand hill cranes, and a variety of other birds. This is a preserve area, where dedicated researchers and volunteers are working to save the burrowing sites of the Gopher Tortoise. As I said, heroes are hard at work here. What few people know is that this is, in fact, the home of the Lost Boys (and perhaps a few Lost Girls) – the same lost children that followed Peter Pan to Neverland all those years ago. Surely, Tink can’t be far away...

There is no charge to enter this park or parking area. Signage has changed, so I have included both old and new signage directions.) From the Split Oak Forest Wildlife Environmental Area sign walk 80 steps to the right of the sign to find the spot to enter the woods. Walk a short distance and reach an intersection in the trail in which there is a sign with a B. (There used to be a green 2 on the left side of the trail and a gold and black 1 on the right side of the trail.)

Turn left at the B sign. When you reach the T intersection (that used to have a #3) turn left. When you reach about 3/4 mile from the parking area, you will reach another T intersection with a sign C (used to have a #4). Turn right here. After about 1/4 mile you will get to a Y intersection. Turn left here.

After about 1/4 mile you reach an intersection marked with a D sign (Used to be marked with a green #6 and a blue #1).

Continue straight for another 1/2 mile on the orange yellow trail to reach the F sign and turn left on Lake Loop Trail until you reach the E (previously #9) sign. (If you want to see the huge split oak tree this park is named for, travel a little further down the orange yellow trail).

Tink’s nearby, but she’s had a few close calls in her adventuring career, and she needs to know that you mean her no harm. And that means that you have to believe in fairies. So summon that sense of whimsy and imagination, and clap – just once or twice. Just enough to let her know that you’re not a pirate... Did you do it?

Good. Because you’re REALLY close now. From signpost E, take a compass bearing of 320 degrees, and walk 63 steps. You’ll need to approximate a straight line, since there are a few trees in your way, but you’ll soon come to a fallen log. From the fallen log, take a new compass bearing of 156 degrees. You’ll be facing a dead tree with a hole at its base. That modest tree is Tinkerbell’s home. Underneath a blanket of pine needles and bark, Tink waits for you.

Approximate Distance: 3 miles (round-trip)
Please use green ink

- The Great American Pin-Up Series is all about different pin-up styles from the past seven decades, and it is a celebration of the sense of fun and femininity that these images embody. I’ve done a few pin-up versions of Disney characters, and I usually provide a warning for families with small children. That said, Tinkerbell had a “very pin-up” look in Disney’s film. This stamp should be just fine for families who want to go on a hike and find a fun stamp.

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