Lake Griffin is one of two massive lakes that flank the city of Leesburg, and it’s well known for its alligator population. That doesn’t deter canoeists, who depart from the docks at Lake Griffin State Park.
Location: Fruitland Park
Fees: $4-5 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
It’s a good picnic spot for meeting up with friends, with a nature trail looping around from the playground through the campground up to an ancient live oak near the park’s entrance.
Access to Lake Griffin is the biggest reason to visit this small state park, including a boat slip for anglers and the canoe rental. Paddle down the access canal to the lake’s marshy, wooded shoreline, and don’t mind the gators!