Last Updated February 14, 2018 2/14/2018

Spend a Day at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales, Florida

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With over 160 State Parks scattered throughout Florida, nature enthusiasts are spoiled for choice in natural landscapes and outdoor activities. None of these are quite like Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales, however, where Florida’s cowboy heritage comes alive amongst a range of unique ecosystems.

The highlight of the park, here you’ll find living history demonstrations and an 1876-era cow camp with early Florida “cow hunters” sharing fascinating tales of Florida’s cowboys, captivating visitors of all ages.

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Lake Kissimmee State Park

Perfect on one of Florida’s sunny days, spend an afternoon on the water boating or canoeing on the picturesque lakes, where you can soak up some of Florida’s most beautiful natural scenery. A stop on the Everglades Paddling Trail, Lake Kissimmee State Park allows paddlers to experience Florida’s lush landscapes up close and personal along Lake Kissimmee, Lake Rosalie, and Tiger Lake.

Offering some of the best fishing opportunities in the state, those looking for a tranquil day of angling can try their hand at reeling in largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, chain pickerel, and bluegill.

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Lake Kissimmee State Park

If you’re up for working up a sweat or just prefer to explore on land, hike or bike the 13 miles of trails through pine flat woods and oak hammocks and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the abundant plant and animal life. If you prefer to live the cowboy life, bring your horse and ride the six miles of equestrian trails on Buster Island.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

If you come to Lake Kissimmee State Park looking to spot some of Florida’s native wildlife, then you’re in luck. Here you can spot white-tailed deer, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, turkeys, and even bobcats roaming the untouched land. A fun fact, it is said that the shores of Lake Kissimmee are the perfect spot to gaze at the largest non-migratory bald eagle population in the continental United States.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Surrounded by towering live oaks, you’ll find plenty of shade at this park, where a picnic area with pavilions makes for a tranquil escape from the Florida sunshine. Don’t leave without climbing the 30-foot three-story observation tower that overlooks the marsh plain and Lake Kissimmee, where you can get the best views of the park’s landscape and wildlife population.

With both full-facility campsites and a primitive camping facility, pack your bags and go on an overnight adventure at this Florida State Park, where its dark skies make a night of stargazing on the park’s platform a popular activity.

Address14248 Camp Mack Rd, Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone863-696-1112

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