Bird watching or “Birding,” is a top attraction for parks around Lake County. Key areas to scout out your must find fowl are the Lake Apopka Restoration Area, Ferndale Preserve, Emerald Marsh, and the Hilochee Wildlife Management Area. Wherever you go birding, don’t forget to make a sketch or snap a shot of some of Florida’s most unique feather friends, including the beautiful blue Florida Scrub-jay, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and the burrowing owl.
Another key attraction are the Lake County Blueways which are the aquatic cousin of dirt hiking trails. Each of the blueways features geo-positioned and physical markers to guide visitors along their scenic water paths. These paths can be found on the St Johns River, Golden Triangle, Palatlakaha Basin and Oklawaha Basin areas and offer unique sites and experiences for all of its travelers. Each blueway is fully kayak and canoe accessible.
The Mount Plymouth Historical Bike Loop offers a long, recreational, and historic experience for bikers, runners, and determined walkers. The famous hotel in Mount Plymouth, which once welcomed Al Capone in its heyday, has since burned down, but some of its most picturesque buildings still remain. Sam Stoltz’s storybook gingerbread houses, seen from the trail, offer an unique take on architecture, which can be found nowhere else but Lake Plymouth. In addition to man made wonders, scenic views of often deer laden plains are glimpsed at dawn and dusk. Florida black bears, Sandhill cranes, and American kestrels, if you want to bird while you ride.
Featuring manmade as well as natural allure, Lake County’s parks and recreation services can give you the feeling of getting away, while never having to leave the central Florida area. Enjoy these listed features while discovering a few of your own, when you visit Lake County Florida.