Lake Griffin State Park, Fruitland Park
(3.7/5 based on 65 reviews on the web)
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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  • I'm a native Floridian who has lived not too far from Lake Griffin State Park, but I have to admit that, while I've visited a large number of our state and local parks, preserves and forests, I never ...  more »
  • This place makes for a good picnic spot or place to go fishing, just do not forget the bug spray. The trails are nice and the fishing is decent. I would reccomend going when it is cooler. 
  • Not a large park compared to others, but beautiful with a boat launch area and canoe rentals. Also has a playground for the kids including a swing for wheelchairs. Lots of areas to sit and pavilions a...  more »
  • Love this place! Beautifully maintained and we really enjoyed taking the family out in a canoe. We will be back!
  • We had a wonderful experience at Lake Griffin State Park . Private sites, clean showers and restrooms and a wonderful laundry facility. Friendly helpful volunteers. Susan went out of her way to help us out with a medical situation. She facilitated an extra week for us to finish medical testing. Thank you Susan and Rachel
  • Lake Griffin State Park packs a lot of natural beauty in such a small place. It is a wonderful place for camping, fishing and boating. The boat launch leads into a 1,000 foot canal that takes you through the bountiful Dead River Marsh which empties into Lake Griffin. The environment is home to a huge assortment of wildlife which includes snowy egrets, hawks, coots, rabbits, rats, raccoons and alIigators, just to name a few. I visited the park during the Leesburg Bikefest 2016 and noticed a lot of bikers made camp here. They had some amazing campsites setup with special tents to cover not only the people but their bikes as well. It looked like a lot of fun. I met the Park Manager, Rachel Nunlist. She was very nice and told me about the amenities of the park. This is a full service campsite with a pavilion available for large events. If you're up for camping, boating and fishing this is a very inexpensive place to go with access to the Harris chain of lakes. Happy camping!
  • We went here to do some hiking so we did not camp and camping sites where all closed cause of hurricane Mathew any ways but the nature trail is well worth a try took as about 50 minutes and I think it is only a little over a mile but it was clean and well maintained and I for one will be going here again
  • Go when the sun is out, because those mosquitoes ain't playing.