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State Parks near Disney World

While you’re relaxing in your Orlando vacation home, you may get the urge to see the incredible wildlife that Florida is known for. You may be pleasantly surprised by the amount of State Parks in Orange County and the rest of the central Florida area.
One of the most popular state parks in central Florida, Turkey Lake Park, is only a few miles from Universal Studios on Hiawassee Road. (From I-4 Exit 75 take Kirkman north, turn left onto Conroy then right onto Hiawassee)Turkey Lake is a 300-acre park, with picnic spots, seven miles worth of hiking trails and a three mile bike path, a playground with a wood and car-tire maze, gazeebos and a 100-year old barn that exemplifies Florida’s agricultural history.

Only a short drive from the Orlando International Airport, you’ll find Moss Park. Over 1,551 acres large, Moss Park is home to one of Orlando’s largest freshwater lakes, Lake Moss, you’ll find numerous hiking trails, two boat ramps, two playgrounds and a dock for freshwater fishing. Moss park is four miles southeast of State Road 15 (Narcoose Road), just a few miles east of Orlando International Airport.
Another fun outdoor destination for our family to explore is Lake Louisa State Park. Located seven miles South of State Road 50 in Clermont, Lake Louisa State Park offers one of the longest trails for hikers to enjoy, with 20 miles worth of walkable paths for wildlife viewing. Dixie Lake, one of the six lakes on the site, has a fishing pier, and canoe/kayak launch,
Blue Spring State Park, located at 2100 W. French Avenue in Orange City, Florida,Blue Spring is an official Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees.Blue Springs covers more than 2,600 acres including the largest spring on the St. Johns River.The river is popular for fishing, canoeing, and boating, and river boat tours are available by calling St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724.


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