FERNDALE – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is welcoming the public to the grand opening of the Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead, located at 20700 County Road 455, Ferndale, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 8.
The new Trailhead and Scenic Overlook, which was developed in partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Green Mountain Scenic Byway Committee, includes a 130-foot elevated boardwalk leading to a 20x20 foot overlook offering exceptional views of Lake Apopka and the Orlando skyline. The facility also boasts a covered pavilion with picnic tables, restrooms, and a switchback trail from the parking area to the railroad bed.
Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks, and representatives from the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Green Mountain Scenic Byway Committee, will be among the dignitaries addressing the audience during the ribbon cutting ceremony. World class triathletes Alicia Kaye and Jarrod Shoemaker, of Clermont, will be in attendance and available for media interviews.
Public parking will be available at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, and shuttle service will be provided beginning at 9 a.m. The site can be reached via GPS coordinates 28.645932, -81.710156.
The Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead will become the western gateway to the 16-mile Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area Trail, with an expected completion date in 2015.
The Green Mountain Scenic Byway, located in southeast Lake County and west Orange County, begins at the intersection of County Roads 455 and 561 and winds south through some of the highest hills of peninsular Florida. The area is an ideal location for bird watching, hiking, bicycling, day-tripping, picnicking and family events.
To learn more about the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, call 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.