Lake Ashby Park

At this small rural park, explore the cypress-lined shore of Lake Ashby on a gentle trail system consisting of a boardwalk and easy pathways beneath deep shade along the lakeshore. An excellent spot for birding, it’s a family-friendly destination with a big playground and a tent camping campground in a beautiful lakeside setting under a canopy of live oaks.

Resources

Hiker's Guide to the Sunshine State

Overview

Location: Lake Ashby
Length: Up to 1.5 miles
Lat-Long: 28.937012, -81.08374
Type: loop and round-trip
Fees / Permits: free
Difficulty: easy
Bug factor: moderate
Restroom: flush toilets

Open sunrise to sunset.

Lake Ashby Park website

Directions

Follow SR 44 west 4.5 miles from I-95 (or east 10 miles from I-4) to its junction with CR 415 in Satsuma. Turn south and drive 4.2 miles on CR 415 to Lake Ashby Rd. Turn left onto the narrow road. After 0.7 mile, turn left on Boy Scout Camp Rd. The road turns to dirt after 0.2 mile; continue another 0.3 mile through the oak hammock to the park entrance on the right.

Hike

The trail starts immediately across the park road (next to the campground) from the kiosk and restrooms. Cross the road, turn right, and follow the meandering footpaths (with signs at various intersections) out to the impressive boardwalk, which traverses floodplain forest and goes out over Lake Ashby, and around past the picnic area to a rugged spur trail that follows the lakeshore to the property line, where you must turn around and return the on the same path.

Trail Map

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