Favorite Riding Area: Lake Louisa State Park

Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. Hwy 27
Clermont FL 34714
(352) 394-3969
https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/lake-louisa-state-park 

Things to know:

  • Hours of operation: 8am to sunset every day.
  • 16 miles of very well-marked multi-use trails, both sunny and shaded, around 3 lakes.
  • There is a $4 fee for single-occupant vehicles/rigs, or $5 per vehicle for up to 8 individuals.
  • A separate equestrian day parking area is at the back of the park (12540 State Park Drive, Clermont), off Lake Nellie Road. Bring the exact fee, to be deposited at the honor post on the drive in. The main entrance off Hwy 27 is used to access the equestrian primitive campground (day users may park here as well).
  • Non-potable water is located at the trail heads, as are hitching posts and picnic tables. Hoses are available to rinse the horses.
  • A port-a-potty can be found at the primitive equestrian campground.
  • The equestrian primitive camp includes five horse paddocks, fire rings, non-potable water supply, picnic tables, one pavilion, grills and a self-compositing toilet. All five paddocks are available by reservation only (call the park office; the cost is $5 per person per night).
  • Trail maps are at the Rangers’ station and at the kiosk in the equestrian day parking area.
  • Wildlife: Deer, alligators, bobcats, gopher tortoises, armadillos and opossums, etc.

Cautions:

  • This is a very active park with frequent events including running and biking competitions. Be aware that you may be sharing some trails with multitudes of other users on some days.
  • A wooden bridge between markers 9 and 36 isn’t in the best condition. Evaluate before attempting to cross.
  • Some trails have deep sand.

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Equestrian Day Parking Area with water, picnic table and hitching posts

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