Lake Louisa State Park

Lake Louisa

Lake Louisa State Park has 4,372 acres dedicated to outdoor recreation. The park has direct access to Lake Louisa and has ten other lakes within the park some of which are also accessible. Lake Louisa State Park is located off highway 27 in Lake County, Florida which is about a 50 minute drive west of downtown Orlando Florida.

We had a nice 60 degree temperature that made for excellent hiking weather and almost no insects as we hiked down the south trail across from Dixie Lake where several cabins sit perched on the opposite shore. This trail looks like it is also used for horseback riding.

We saw no wildlife today however the trailhead informational display listed several snakes to keep an eye out for. The snakes include the coral snake, scarlet snake and the scarlet king snake. It also listed the bald eagle, barred owl, bobcat and American river otters.

There are many different trails to hike most of them in the 1 to 2 mile range. There is also dudes loop at 0.5 miles, the nature trail at 3.5 miles and the equestrian/Bronson loop at 5.5 miles.

Trail Information

  • Nature Trail (Trail Markers: #21, 23-29, 31-35) 3.5 miles
  • Big Creek Loop (#28-30) 2.0 miles
  • Equestrain/Bronson Loop (#1-20) 5.5 miles
  • Bear Lake Loop (#1-2, 16-20) 2.0 miles
  • Compton’s Loop (#10-13) 1.0 miles
  • Dude’s Loop (#5-7) 0.5 miles
  • Sandhill Loop (#36, going north) 1.5 miles
  • South Trail (#36-44) 1.2 miles
  • South Loop (#45-55) 2.5 miles

The Lake Louisa State Park offers lodging in the form of camping and cabin rentals. The park has 20 cabin rentals that overlook Dixie Lake which can hold up to six people. There is also a separate area for equestrian camping that has shaded camping spots under the longleaf pine canopy.

There are also two spots within the park for primitive camping without any water or electricity. Primitive camping at Wilderness Point can accommodate up to four people while Pine Point can hold up to 6 people.

If you would like to reserve a camping spot or cabin you can reserve your place in advance at the Reserve America website.

Different kinds of wildlife you might find in the park include deer, bobcat, gopher, turtles, fox squirrel. A diversity of birds including bald eagles and osprey may also be spotted. Home to 11 different natural plant communities and just within the green swamp area, Lake Louisa State Park makes for an excellent hiking location in the late fall, winter and early spring seasons.

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