We were driving around Florida, saw the sign to Lake Louisa, and were curious so stopped in to take a look. This was originally a 1910 homestead which included many farm buildings, a home, mill, school and church. Nothing remains of any of the old buildings, however, but there is quite a variety of natural vegetation set amidst gently rolling hills. It's quite a pretty area.
The lake itself is huge, and there are several smaller lakes as well. The park property includes 4,500 acres, much of it crisscrossed with hiking and equestrian trails. It was too hot for us to hike much, but we did walk along the edge of the lake for a short distance.
Some of the smaller lakes do have alligators in them, and there are warnings posted to watch out for them.
There is an informative display near the lake, in honor of a WWII piolot who was lost on a training mission here in 1944. His plane was found in 2001 when a drought brought the lake level down. Two ancient Indian canoes were found the same year.
This park is only 40 minutes or so from Orlando, and makes a nice escape from the busy loud theme parks.
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