With 6 lakes, 20 miles of hiking trails, picnic pavilion, swimming in Lake Louisa plus sleeping cabins.
Only about half an hour from Walt Disney World you will find the sanctuary and calm of Lake Louisa State Park. Take Hwy 192 west from I4 about 9 miles, head North 8 miles on US27 and follow the signs.
We think September is the ideal time to visit, the temperatures are nice, the humidity has calmed down so the wildlife is usually out an about during daytime hours. We have seen armadillo, deer, fish and the gopher tortoises.
Keep your eyes peeled – we have seen Gopher Tortoises along the roadside on the US192, on the way into Disney on the verges, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Louisa State Park and at Wewiva Springs. One time there was one in the middle of the road and we were so worried that it might get hit by a vehicle that we pulled over to assist it to the other side – I have never seen a tortoise shift quicker than it did as we approached!
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