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Fort Cooper State Park, Inverness

(3.6/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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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  • charge to get in, very pleasant place, facilities kept very well, loads of parking, large area, includes fresh water pond, hiking trails, historical site, lots of flora, birds mostly for fauna, great ...  more »
  • What a great find. Lovely peaceful park just two miles from downtown Inverness. Several wonderful trails go hiking. Saw deer and many birds up close. Not bust at all. In fact we were only ones in park...  more »
  • Great place to relax,picnic or ride a bike.we go here about three times a week to relax and eat takeouts from Checkers or Burger King.  more »
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  • Very sarcastic and rude people in the ranger station. Its sad such a beautiful park has people like that working here.
  • A great playground and picnic area for the family. However, from a historical standpoint I was expecting more. The only remaining standing fort structure is a post composed of maybe fifteen posts; it seems to resemble a wall. We arrived at 10 on a Saturday and we're there for about an hour and a half.
  • Beautiful! We will definitely be back, the park is just lovely!
  • Great hiking trails. Nice place to take the family.
  • Very calm and relaxing park, however next door is a speedway racetrack. Try to plan your trip when there's no tournament going on.