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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  • July 25, 2017
    Great time paddling the waters and would return. But I would never again rent the 2 seat kayak because it lacked proper back support. I had to trade midway with my daughter's single because I could no...  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    Did you know that for under $25 you can take a 2 hour guided tour of the Dead River Marsh, a finger of Lake Griffin? Our tour was led by 2 State Certified Interpretive Guides who know the flora and fa...  more »
  • March 27, 2017
    We spent 2 hours kayaking here. We saw about a dozen alligators - some big and some small. We thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air! The water out to the lake was very calm when we were kayaki...  more »
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  • April 11, 2017
    This is a nice park. There isn't much hiking (only a half mile trail) and it's very close to the road, so you can hear cars and sirens through the night. Some of the campsites are small, but almost all of them offer a lot of privacy. They are nice and well maintained. Kayaks are pretty affordable comparable to other parks. The lake is really nice to kayak on until you hit the overpass, then there are just a lot of houses. Overall, a nice place, but not the best place to get away from it all. Would make a great picnic location.
  • March 27, 2017
    A clean park with plenty of shade and easy to stroll paths. We had a great time walking with our dog. It was nice to hike through actual trails instead of the raised platforms we've found at other parks, I wish there were more trails. Next time through we want to kayak and explore the waterways.
  • June 1, 2017
    There's not much hiking trails but renting a kayak is always fun. The few times I've been here the park has been clean and it's nice to just sit and relax and enjoy the outdoors.
  • May 28, 2017
    Nice state park. Got some nice fishing on a little dock and it's nice and quiet.
  • May 19, 2017
    Small, yet quiet and clean state park. Boat ramp access as well

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