September 4 is National Wildlife Day. Here in Lake County, our preserves and parks are teeming with wildlife of all sizes. This is a perfect opportunity to go on a wildlife walk and learn about local species.
Lake Louisa State Park—Hikers can enjoy more than 20 miles of hiking trails through thick Florida vegetation. Plenty of opportunities are available for wildlife viewing, and this is also a popular area for birding. 7035 U.S. Hwy. 27 Clermont, FL. 34714
Alexander Springs Recreation Area—In addition to a 67-unit campground, campers can swim or canoe in the crystal-clear spring and walk the 1.1-mile Timucuan Trail named after an Indian tribe. Visitors may see alligators, white-tailed deer, and red-shouldered hawks. 49525 County Road 445 Altoona, FL. 32702
PEAR Park—Enjoy a guided hiking tour with Lake County Park Rangers or simply discover this amazing 318-acre park by yourself. It is home to 160 species of birds and 40 species of butterflies. 4800 University Avenue Leesburg, FL. 34748
Flat Island Preserve—Hike at this 2,300-acre conservation area located in the Okahumpka Marsh and enjoy old ancient oak trees and unique birding opportunities. Flat Island Preserve features two wooded islands as well as a 440-foot boardwalk leading to a canoe launch. Here, hikers may see raccoons, armadillos, and non-poisonous snakes. 2301 Owens Road Leesburg, FL. 34748