Lake Griffin State Park is home to one of biggest live oak trees. Ranking as the fifth largest live oak in Florida, its huge canopy envelopes the entire hiking trail that meanders nearby it amazing girth. Lake Griffin is accessible by canal and is Florida’s eight largest lake. Boating and fishing are spectacular at this lake and many visitors come from all over the state and country to partake. A full facility campground and boat ramp makes Lake Griffin State Park a great place to spend your vacation in Florida. And being only one hour from most major theme parks and attractions, it makes for a great alternative to expensive hotels and resorts.
Fishing and boating on Lake Griffin is superb. A canal from the doublewide concrete boat ramp takes visitors to the lake. Bass, catfish and bream are some of the big biting fish that teem in these waters. Some of the best fishing is right around the corner on the canal and lake mouth opening. A Florida fishing license is required for all anglers 16 years and up. A 250 feet long concrete seawall borders the boat ramp and allows anglers of all sorts to fish from the land as well. Canoe rentals are available to those who don’t own a boat.
Lake Griffin State Park also boasts a 40 site full facility campground that accommodates tents, campers and RV’s up to 40 feet in length. Each site includes water, electricity, picnic table and fire ring with grill. Many of the campsites are separated by forest so that each site is secluded from the rest. Showers, laundry and restrooms are located at the center of the campground, all within easy walking distance from each site.
Kids will love Lake Griffin State Park too. A playground is located near the boat ramp. A bedtime story lending library is available for kid’s four to nine for the perfect bedtime story after a long day at the park. Many ranger programs are available throughout the year for children. A fishing seminar for kids draws hundreds of visitors to the park each year. Visit the ranger station for more details.
But you don’t have to get your feet wet to enjoy all that Lake Griffin State Park has to offer. A one half mile hiking trail meanders through the nearly 400 acres of forest and wildlife habitat. The trail skirts along the basin swamp of Lake Griffin before leading back to highland hammocks that reveal Florida’s fourth largest live oak tree in the state. Don’t forget to bring a camera!
For more information on directions to the park, fees and hours of operations, visit the official Lake Griffin State Park website here.