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 km²) 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 didn't have high points for Lake Griffin state park because of all the negative things we had read on a social media group site. We were pleasantly surprised that our experience wasn't anything lik...  more »
  • Campground is pretty compact, sites are small and close together but bathhouse is centrally located, several pull through sites but most are back in or tent friendly. RV's seem to be on most sites but...  more »
  • We are avid campers and have camped all over the US and went camping at Lake Griffin State park and it was fun and for Florida it is a decent camp ground. We had fun hiking and collecting sticks for a...  more »
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  • Very accessible, especially for someone in a wheelchair. The grounds were clean, and beautiful. We loved the primitive hiking trail. The maintained trail to the playground was such a fun short hike for the kids. The playground also had a swing designed for people in a wheelchair. The boat launch looked to be easily accessible, and there were plenty of parking. The campsite we stayed in was private and surrounded by vegetation, yet still close to everything. We can’t wait to come back here again, highly recommend it! If you found my review helpful, make sure to click on the thumbs up!
  • Very beautiful lake with canoeing and kayaking options. The staff was very nice and friendly. Very peaceful state park. The campsites were nice and big. We enjoyed canoeing down the lake and saw some birds.
  • Nice campground, it is just north of Leesburg, so there are a lot restaurants and other businesses. I stayed overnight in long space for just my car and tent. It had a fire ring and picnic table. Despite being close to 441, it seemed quiet. It has very nice boat ramp. Only 4 stars from me though, there are only 2 miles of trails, so on my full day there, I ended driving north to Hontoon Island. There is good chance I will camp here again, but I will most likely go elsewhere to hike.
  • Nice park...well maintained. Good fishing if you have a boat or not. The docks are nice and nearly shaded. The only setbacks are there is only one pavilion and if its reserved there is nowhere to escape the rain or sun. Some tables have some shade that are not under the pavilion but in the summer it makes little difference... the playground is entirely in the sun the equipment gets hot and there just 1mens bathroom and 1 womens bathroom. There is lots of both types of camp sites and trails. Most wooded area no open fields.
  • Great park, only $5 per vehicle. They do offer pontoon boat ride for $15 but you need to call in advance for times.
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