Lake Griffin State Park, Fruitland Park

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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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  • Visitors will not be disappointed with a trip to Lake Griffin State Park. Located just minutes from The Villages, this little park connects one to a huge variety of Floridian wildlife and water life. ...  more »
  • Great little state park, one of our favourite places to stay in Florida. Always clean bathrooms, good laundry facilities, nice trails & mostly quiet, though it is close enough to hear a fair bit of Hwy noise, especially sirens. But sites are mostly fair sized with some kind of privacy barrier and nicely levelled. Our only worry during the busy season is that it will get booked up before we get there to enjoy it once more. Also nice and close to several good restaurants - Fruitland Park & Billy's - both only do breakfast\lunch, but we'll worth the visit.
  • I highly recommend taking the park boat tour through the swampy lake area... some of the cleanest water you'll find!! So interesting how the ecosystem works... Wonderful habitat for so many different birds and other wildlife... Such a cool boat trip!! Park Ranger Jeremy Sweeney was a great tour guide and Park Ranger!!

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