The Office of Parks & Trails maintains parks, trails, recreation sites and boat ramps for the citizens of Lake County. All boat ramps are open from dawn to dusk. There is also an interactive map of all of the boat ramps at the bottom of this page. You may also be interested in viewing all upcoming events hosted by the Parks & Trails division, or a listing of the more popular, featured parks.
Lake Apopka Loop Trail Distance: 16.4 miles Start Location: Green Mountain Scenic Overlook & Trailhead End Location: Magnolia Park (Orange County) Entity: St. Johns River Water Management District Trailheads: Green Mountain Scenic Overlook & Trailhead, Clay Island Trailhead, North Shore Trail/McDonald Canal Boat Ramp, Magnolia Park
Hancock Trail Connects to South Lake Trail Distance: 6.1 miles Start Location: Oakley Seaver Blvd. & Don Wickham Dr. End Location: County Road 561A Entity: Lake County Trailheads: Cooper Memorial Library, Minneola Athletic Complex
Black Still Lake Trail Distance: 0.5 miles Start Location: Black Still Lake Road, Clermont End Location: Black Still Lake Road, Clermont Entity: Lake County
Fountain Lake Trail Distance: 2 miles Start Location: Canal St. End Location: 13th St. Entity:City of Leesburg
Montverde Greenway Trail Distance: 1 mile Start Location: County Road 455, Montverde End Location: Truskett Park Entity: City of Montverde
Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead Location: 20700 County Road 455, Minneola (28.645932, -81.710156) Hours Of Operation: Daily 7AM - Dusk (Hours adjusted by season) Parking: 24 Spaces, plus 2 Handicapped Other Info: Dogs permitted on a 6' leash or shorter. Horses not permitted.
This stunning site offers an overlook of the North Shore Restoration and Lake Apopka sitting 132’ above sea level, just a short distance from Sugarloaf Mountain (The highest point in peninsular Florida at 312’), and located along the State Designated Green Mountain Scenic Byway. Amenities include restrooms, drinking fountain, bicycle pump, bike racks, doggie waste station, trash cans, benches, pavilion, educational kiosks and signage, bird and bee boxes, and the observation tower. The trail (when completed in 2015) will connect to the rest of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail and allow users to trail the ~18 miles across the North Shore to Magnolia Park in Orange County.
In addition to the sites scenic beauty it is an amazing location for birding and butterfly watching with nearly 100 species of birds already observed and nearly 20 species of butterflies. Visitors should watch for Bald Eagles, Short-tailed Hawks, Swallow-tailed Kites, and numerous songbirds during appropriate times of the year. Also native plant enthusiasts can enjoy the more than 5000 native plants added to the site including more than 100 rescued prior to construction. To see recent bird and butterfly sightings check out eBird and eButterfly.
The site is leased to Lake County from SJRWMD and was built with a matching grant that was applied for by the Green Mountain Scenic Byway Committee.
Magnolia Trail Designed for walkers & bikers, lined with benches and outdoor exercise equipment. Distance: 0.7 miles Start Location: Mote-Morris House End Location: Palmetto St. Entity:City of Leesburg
Sleepy Hollow Trail Distance: 0.1 Miles Start Location: U.S. Highway 441 End Location: Sleepy Hollow Road Entity: Lake County