EUSTIS — The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting nature enthusiasts to explore Lake May Reserve during a guided hike. The hike will give participants a chance to learn about the restoration activities that the reserve has undergone, and continuing efforts to restore the area to its natural habitat. The event will take place on Friday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the reserve, located on County Road 44A in Eustis.
Lake May Reserve totals approximately 136-acres, and the native landscape consists of xeric oak hammock and a mix of upland scrub, pine and hardwood forested areas. The property also features Lake May, a twenty-acre lake, along with the associated wetlands. In addition, there currently is an actively managed citrus grove and an area of remnant citrus grove.
The remnant grove area is in the process of being restored to scrubby flatwoods. Routine controlled burns will be established for the fire-dependent communities, and exotic vegetation will be monitored and controlled. Future passive recreation opportunities will include picnic areas and a canoe launch.
The hike will consist of walking less than 2 miles along unpaved and possible uneven trails. Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Reservations are strongly recommended, but are not required.
For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, email email@example.com or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.