Lake Griffin State Park, Fruitland Park

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Griffin State Park is a Florida State Park located two miles (3 km) north of Leesburg, in Fruitland Park and 30mi south of Ocala on U.S. Highway 441. It is home to one of the state's largest live oak trees. The park is unique in connecting to Lake Griffin, the Ocklawaha River and thence to the Harris Chain of Lakes, and is made up of 577.63 acres (2.33758 kmĀ²) of swampland and hardwood upland.
Activities include boating and canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the park are osprey, bald eagle, blue heron, anhinga, ibis, American alligator, and river otter.
Amenities include a full-facility campground, a half-mile nature trail, a boat ramp that provides access to the Dead River, and a playground for small children as well as kayak and canoe rentals, a forty site campground, and a picnic area. The park is open from 8:00 am until sundown year-round.
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  • We found this place wonderful and had an enjoyable walk/picnic. We definitely want to come back and bring our kayaks (looking into purchasing a rack for our vehicle now). Visiting the 2nd oldest...  more »
  • This is a great camping and boating park. But we were wowwed by the Live Oak very near the entrance. Pay the small fee, park and walk the Live Oak Trail to the right of the entrance - in a few steps.....  more »
  • A lovely little park and campground for a weekend getaway. They have kayaks for checkout, and nice shady spots. Great bathrooms that are very clean. But the massive ancient live Oak is the real draw. Its impossibly huge, just an incredible site to see.
  • Had a very nice and relaxing time here at the park. It was my very first time canoeing and it was quite exciting. The water is not very clear so it felt a little dirty but that's normal. We actually saw and encountered a few gators while we were canoeing. A tiny bit scary! But overall it was a really good experience. Customer service was great. The staff provided clear instructions, which was especially helpful for us (a group of people who were not familiar with kayaking or canoeing in florida at all).

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