If you have followed along for a while you have probably figured out that we love to take our poodle, Leia, and go explore a new park. A few weeks ago, we went to Lake Griffin State Park near Leesburg, Florida in Fruitland Park to check out their park and trail!
There is a $5 charge to enter the park so it isn’t our usual free experience, but $5 to enjoy such a beautiful spot really isn’t too bad. Even better if you have an annual pass to the Florida State Parks. There are canoe and kayak rentals available if you don’t have your own and are wanting to paddle down the river. We haven’t got a chance to do this yet but it looks like a blast! They also have guided pontoon rentals if you prefer something a little more relaxed.
This giant oak tree with different quotes on placards around it was my favorite thing of the day. Make sure you click through the photos on the slide show below to see them all!
There are a couple of different hiking trails including a wooden walkway trail that we really loved. I believe their website lists them as being 2 miles long each, but I think there are some longer ones.
Besides the trails and river, the park also has campsites, pavilions, a playground, and restrooms. There is also an outdoor amphitheatre just outside of the playground and pavilion area.
We didn’t see any alligators or other forms of wildlife while we were here but bears, coyotes, bobcats, and alligators are commonly seen here so make sure you are always aware of your surroundings especially if you are like us and bring your four legged family members!