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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TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • We enjoyed camping at Lake Griffin. The live oak is a remarkable site! You can hear highway hum but aside from that, it's quiet. Semi-convenient to shopping and gas. Light hiking was relaxing. I don't...  more »
  • We camped for a couple nights and really enjoyed this small, beautiful Florida Park! Be cautious when reserving a camp site and avoid the sites on the inner portion of the loop around the restrooms. A...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice state park. Got some nice fishing on a little dock and it's nice and quiet.
  • Small, yet quiet and clean state park. Boat ramp access as well