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“Nice getaway” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lake Griffin State Park

Lake Griffin State Park
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Owner description: The park is located within an hour of central Florida attractions and theme parks, this 620 acre park is home to one of the state's largest live oak trees. A short trail near the park entrance takes visitors to the mammoth oak tree. A canal connects the park to Lake Griffin, the eighth largest lake in Florida, where visitors can enjoy boating and canoeing, as well as fishing. Anglers will find plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, and catfish. Visitors can observe the park's wildlife while picnicking or strolling along the half-mile nature trail. A shady, full-facility campground beckons travelers to spend the night or an entire vacation here. There is no swimming due to a healthy alligator population. Canoe & kayak rentals are available. Located three miles north of Leesburg and 30 miles south of Ocala.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Just an hour north of the hustle and bustle of Orlando sits a quiet country oasis. This park is ideal for camping, picnics, and canoeing on the Dead river. My brother and I spent the night here and really enjoyed the camp site. I highly recommend it.

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Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
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“A Pleasant Morning Excursion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We had just spent almost two months vacationing in the same location in central Florida where everything was beautiful but nothing was a truly natural setting. Therefore, we decided to visit a state park where we hoped to see a more pristine environment before we left for home.
We rented a canoe at Lake Griffin State Park and saw many birds and alligators. It was the first time we were actually in the same water as the alligators and found it to be exciting. We were the only people on the water where we saw the alligators and enjoyed seeing the natural beauty all around us.
After our morning canoe ride, we took the short interpretive nature trail and also saw one of the largest live oak trees in Florida. The women at the park office were very friendly and helpful in suggesting nature things we could do in the area.It was a delightful was to spend a beautiful morning.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Dreaming176
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Summerfield, Florida
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55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great place to canoe or kayak”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

I have launched my kayak from the park's boat launch for a great paddling trip around the lake. Lots of wildlife and yes, I have always seen gators. Just paddle around the shore line for some awesome bird watching. I have been there twice now and it's just as good the second time.

Visited January 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great for family camping near Orlando”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Camped with a pop-up trailer and three kids, ages 9, 8 and 5. It is a lovely, small campground with just enough to make everyone happy, and only 1 hour from Orlando. The big attraction is one of the largest live oak’s in Florida. It is awe-inspiring and I was happy to see that the kids could climb on it. Bring a fishing pole and catch fish with hot dogs at the pier. We rented 2 canoes for only $4.85 and spent a lovely hour on the Dead River (which leads to Lake Griffin). Nature trails are not long but still peaceful. Thrilled to hear a great-horned owl at our campsite one night. This campground is not too far from the road so you can hear some traffic, but it did not deter from a great family camping experience. No bugs in January!

Visited January 2013
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The Villages, Florida, United States
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We live in Central Florida and were looking for somewhere to get on the water and maybe spot an alligator or two ! Lake Griffin did not disappoint ! We rented canoes at the park and headed out thru an area that could only be described as the way you would imagine old Florida to have looked. Hanging vines off shore, a very jungly feel. We saw herons, egrets and even 2 alligators. It was quiet....and very enjoyable. Will definitely do it again!

Visited April 2012
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