A couple weeks ago, we talked about several events going on in September at one of Lake County’s beautiful parks. With cooler weather setting in, now is the perfect time to get out and explore. Lake County has a wide variety of public lands to suit almost anyone’s needs.
Are you a dog owner?
Lake County has three neighborhood dog parks, North Lake Community Park in Umatilla, Lad Idamere Park in Tavares, and Palatakaha PEAR Park in Leesburg. All parks accommodate both small and large dogs.
Feeling a little more adventurous, take your dog on any one of Lake County’s many trails. The county currently has twelve fully paved trails, ranging in length from half a mile to sixteen and a half miles in Leesburg, Tavares, Clermont, Montverde, and the surrounding areas. Here are a few highlights.
Venetian Garden Trail in Leesburg
This trail is a leisurely half mile through Leesburg’s beautiful Venetian Gardens park along Lake Harris. Pause and admire the view, picnic at one of their sheltered locations, or even in the gazebo! This trail also connects with Leesburg’s Magnolia trail, which was designed specifically for walkers and bikers. You’ll find plenty of benches and exercise equipment along the way.
Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead
For the more ambitious, this trail begins at a beautiful overlook of the North Shore restoration and Lake Apopka in Montverde, not far from Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point in peninsular Florida. Take advantage of the park’s restrooms, drinking fountain, and even doggie waste disposal before you embark on a full eighteen-mile hike across the North Shore to Magnolia Park in Orange County.
Though paved, this trail is far from tame. This is an amazing location for both birding and butterfly watching, with over one hundred species of birds already observed and nearly twenty species of butterfly. Keep your eyes peeled for Bald Eagles and Short-tailed Hawks. Horticulturalists will enjoy over five thousand native plants along the trail, many rescued and relocated before construction.
These are just a couple of the wonderful parks and trails Lake County has to offer. But don’t take my word for it. Go to www.LakeCountyfl.gov and explore for yourself!