Lake Louisa State Park’s unique location provides visitors with a beautiful array of interesting features and creatures. The first thing you’ll notice is the rolling hills, forests and meadows interspersed. That’s because this park is the tip of the spear, so to speak — here is the northernmost point in the Lake Wales Ridge, the spine of the Florida peninsula. These rolling hills are actually ancient sand dunes that once formed a string of islands when sea levels were much higher than today.
The park’s namesake, Lake Louisa, is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes that have earned the designation of Outstanding Florida Waters. The waters here originate in the Green Swamp, as the park lies at the swamp’s eastern edge. Big Creek carves a scenic path through the middle of the park. Several other beautiful lakes dot the landscape, including Dixie Lake, Bear Lake and Dude Lake. Really. Dude Lake.
A boardwalk leads to an amazing beach area on Lake Louisa. There are really nice facilities with a deck area, a children’s playground, a shady picnic area and a broad beachfront. From this same parking area you can access their Nature Trail and from there you can link to trails all over the park. Some are designated hiking only, but most are multi-use — hiking, biking, equestrian. And speaking of equestrian, there’s a gorgeous equestrian park and camping area along Bear Lake.
So far I’ve hiked and biked here, but there’s so much more to this park…4500 acres in all. I would still like to paddle these waters. And one day I would love to go horse camping. There are, of course, campsites and cabins, including a couple of sweet primitive campsites. It would be a very nice place to spend a few days, but even a few hours was great for me.
Know Before You Go! Check out the Photo Gallery, WonderMaps, videos and links provided. See if it calls to you. If not, check out our Where-to-Go and Bucket List to find the Florida’s Natural Wonders you are really drawn to. Then get out there and enjoy!
Clermont, FL 34714
Lake Louisa Mountain Biking WonderMap. TIP:: Click on waypoint flags for GPS location photos.
NOTE: There is an obvious error with this map. The 1st waypoint flag is way across the lake. Why this happens sometimes with this app is unknown. I’m trying to get this corrected through Trimble (The app provider) now. The rest of the map seems to be perfect.