Category Archives: State Parks

Lake Kissimmee fishing Jethro Baits Team Bass Tournament

Jethro Baits Team Bass fishing tournament

Lake Kissimmee State Park will be the site of the Jethro Baits Team Bass fishing tournament.  The  fishing tournament will be held on Saturday, May 22 from 5:30am – 3:00pm.  You can visit the Jethro Baits website to download a register package.

Lake Kissimmee is described as Florida’s third largest lake and the park offers many activities including hiking, horse trails, camping and picnic areas.

Civil War Encampment De Leon Springs State Park

De Leon Springs State Park is located 6 miles north of DeLand and within an hours drive of Orlando.  On January 9-10, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. guests of the park will enjoy a Civil War encampment.    This even will include showing how the soldiers drilled, slept and prepared their meals.


For more information visit De Leon Springs State Park

Florida State Parks offer free entrance the weekend of September 11-13

Visitors to Florida State Parks, including those in Central Florida near Orlando will be able to take advantage of the free admission to enter the parks on September 11-13 as part of the Statewide International Literacy Day on September 8th and National Library Card Signup Month.


Simply bring a library card, library book, or donate a book and as part of the State Park Literacy Month you will be allowed to enter the park for free!  Central Florida literacy month activities include:


  • Reading by the River
    Blue Spring State Park
    Sunday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    This event will feature a book exchange and story time on the front porch of the historic Thursby House. Children can bring a gently used book and exchange it for another book. At 12:15 p.m., children of all ages can relax and enjoy a nature themed tale. For more information, call (386) 775-3663.
  • Story Time with Debbie
    Wekiwa Springs State Park
    Saturday, September 19, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Enjoy an interactive book with master storyteller, Debbie. “Amazing Things that Animals Do”, “Lovable Huggable Manatees” and “Truffala Trees that are Saved by the Lorax” are just a sample of the readings that will be shared with children of all ages. Regular park admission fees apply. For more information, call (407) 884-2008.


Take advantage of this no entrance fee special in September and enjoy a state park near Orlando.


State Parks near Orlando

Trails-at-a-Glance 2; Near Orlando

Rinehart Road/Crossings Trail: Lake Mary, Orlando 
Spruce Creek Canoe Trail: New Smyrna Beach
Tomoka River Canoe Trail: Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach
Wekiva River/Rock Springs Run Canoe Trail: Altamonte Springs, Orlando
West Orange Trail: Apopka, Winter Garden, Orlando 
Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail:  Dunnellon, Brooksville

Trails-at-a-Glance; Near Orlando

Trails-at-a-Glance Near Orlando
Cady Way Trail: Orlando 
Cross Seminole Trail: Winter Springs, Orlando   
Econlockhatchee River Canoe Trail: Orlando, Oviedo 
General James A Van Fleet State Trail: Clermont, Polk City, Lakeland 
Hontoon Island State Park Trails: Deland 
Lake Minneola Scenic Trail/Clermont Trail: Clermont, Orlando 
Ocala National Forest – The Florida Trail: Ocala, Palatka, Umatilla