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Fort Cooper State Park, Inverness

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 55+ 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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  • We stopped by Fort Cooper in our quest to hit every state park in Florida. The park ranger was super friendly and informative and gave us lots of tidbits about the park, events, picnicking, campground...  read more »
  • On our way across Florida, my wife and I decided to stop and eat lunch at Fort Cooper State Park. It was a beautiful day--hot, but not unbearable--but we were almost the only people at the site. The r...  read more »
  • My husband and I rode our bikes here from the bike trail, and it is very relaxing, and if you're a nature lover, you will love Fort Cooper State Park! We saw a family of deer, lots of birds, and there...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Very calm and relaxing park, however next door is a speedway racetrack. Try to plan your trip when there's no tournament going on.
  • As a avid hiker, historian, and historical reenactor, I'm biased, but this is a great park. Playground for the kids, great trails, picnic pavilions, ample parking.
  • The canopy provided by the abundance of gnarly trees is a natural umbrella!
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