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Lake County Parks
With nearly 100 parks in the area Lake County is fortunate with many open spaces for enjoyment.
Some of the larger parks include national forests, state forests, state preserves and state parks. Most of these parks offer trails (footpaths) for both walkers and horseback riders. Some also allow cyclists.
When you are making your way round these areas you should keep a sharp lookout for the wildlife which is varied and interesting. You might be lucky to see a Bald Eagle, a Whooping Crane or the state bird a Florida Scrub-Jay. One of you should also be looking at ground level as there are many wildflowers to be seen and then if you keep really quiet you might see some four-legged friends. If you want to learn more about the birds in Florida I suggest you contact the Lake County Welcome Centre on highway 27 and pick up some of their very informative leaflets.
Two parks in particular are very geared to horse-riding. These are Lake Louisa which has 16 miles of trails and there are over 23 miles at Seminole State Park. To find out more about this you would be advised to get in touch with the Parks themselves. I can tell though that there are guided tours and even tuition if you require it. It does not seem to matter if you have experience of riding it can be enjoyed equally by both, enjoying lake views or the forest trails.
Some of the parks have some of the best golf courses in the area. In fact Mission Inn at Howey-in-the Hills boasts the third oldest golf course in Florida. In fact if golf is your game why don’t you book into the hotel for a special night. We found this delightful place when we were invited to a wedding and have returned since then for a quiet night away from all the jobs that us villa owners find ourselves doing.
Golf courses can strike fear into even the most experienced golfer when they see the dozens of natural hazards, ie water and lakes and retention ponds can be found everywhere. As the courses have to fit themselves round the water obstacles the change in elevation and directions of some of the fairways can be quite a challenge. There are dozens of golf courses to be found in Lake County, both private and public so for more details again visit the Lake County Welcome Centre.
The Welcome Centre is just that, welcoming, you get a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, sweets and I picked up some dog biscuits to bring back to the UK for our Border Collie. They are full of information and there are literally dozens of leaflets to pick-up.
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