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Fort Cooper State Park, Inverness

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Fort Cooper State Park is a 710-acre historic site in Inverness, Florida, United States. It is located two miles (3 km) south of Inverness, off of U.S. Hwy. 41 on South Old Floral City Road. On June 13, 1972, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is also a Florida State Park.FaunaAmong the wildlife of the park are white-tailed deer, turkey, opossum, bobcat, owls, herons and cardinals.Recreational activitiesThe park features an annual re-enactment of the Second Seminole War, the third weekend in March. Activities include fishing, swimming, sunbathing, youth camping, canoeing, hiking, boat tours, and nature viewing. The park is also accessible from the Withlacoochee State Trail.Amenities and hoursAmenities include access to 160acre Lake Holathlikaha, a swimming area, paddleboat and canoe rentals, a picnic and playground area, and nearly 5mi of hiking trails. The park also has nature trails, a beach, and a primitive campground.
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  • Visit it often. They have several events over the year. Very small and no camping. Some walking trails. The staff is great and helpful  more »
  • There's little I like better than colorful, informative, and well-written interpretive history kiosks and this park has them! It is very interesting to read about both the Seminole people and the U.S....  more »
  • Love this place-but be aware of ticks!!!! I was surprised!! Beautiful places to wander around in. Very relaxing,but check for ticks before leaving!!!  more »
  • Great family park! It has a great old fashion play ground complete with a merry-go-round! (My step kids have never seen one) very quiet and peaceful, they have grills and picnic tables throughout the park. Reminds me of the parks back in my day...there is plenty of room for the family or a large group. Clean restrooms and changing rooms, as well as an outside shower. And looks like canoe rentals. All and all I found it a great place to visit and will definitely return.
  • We had a great walk today. This is a great place for everyone. It's big too.
  • I adore this park! Always very clean, although you should make sure to bring $3 in cash to get inside.
  • Hidden gem of Inverness. We rented the pavilion for a family reunion and it was fantastic. The park rangers were very kind and helpful.
  • I pass this Park a lot when I ride on the Withlaoochee State Trail so I went into the Park this time. Paved road all the way through the Park but the trails off the paved road are mixed. Some are old Limerock and are OK for a Mountain bike and some are sand. Nice lake and hiking trails. Fee area..

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