North of CR 466
Paradise Park Features:
Scenic walks from walking paths and exercising on an outdoor fitness course.
Address: 1324 Paradise Drive
Lake Mira Mar Features:
Fishing, wildlife viewing and model boat racing.
Address: 1200 Avenida Central, behind La Hacienda Recreation Center
Veterans’ Memorial Park
Features: Honoring and remembering the sacrifices of America’s military veterans.
Address: Paige Place, across from Lake Mira Mar
Features: Picnic table, cement bench, grill, dock and cabana. Address: 839 Silver Oak Ave.
Golf View Lake
Features: Picnic table and deck.
Address: 1409 Paradise Drive
Features: Open recreation area.
Address: Kelsea Circle, in the Village of Silver Lake
Features: Cabana dock and lake observation platforms. Address: Intersection of Debra Drive and Aloha Way
Springdale Fitness Trail and Walking Trail
Features: A half-mile fitness course with nine workout stations, as well as a 1/3-mile walking trail.
Address: 17210 Belle Meade Circle
South of CR 466
Live Oaks Park
Features: Nature and wildlife viewing from walking path and boardwalk.
Address: 760 Mission Hills Run, in the Haciendas of Mission Hills. The park is only accessible by golf cart or on foot.
Features: Scenic, panoramic views of Lake Sumter and Lake Sumter Landing.
Address: Located on the golf cart causeway along the Lake Sumter Landing Bridge on Morse Boulevard. The park is only accessible by golf cart or on foot.
Lake Miona Fitness Trail
Features: Nine-station outdoor fitness course.
Address: 1526 Buena Vista Blvd., next to the pavilion at Lake Miona Recreation Center
Features: Scenic lake view with picnic table.
Address: Lynnhaven Lane, near the Ashland Neighborhood Pool
Wilkerson Creek Park and Children’s Playground
Features: Scenic walking path with ornamental landscape; children’s park with a child-safe playground, benches and a picnic pavilion.
Address: Old Camp Road, across the street from the parking lot behind Sonny’s BBQ at Lake Sumter Landing.
South of CR 466 A
Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve
Features: Wildlife viewing from lake boardwalk and observation tower.
Address: 3514 Moyer Loop, next to Atlas Canine Recreation Park
Fenney Springs Nature Trail
Features: Nature and wildlife viewing from boardwalk.
Address: 3220 Fenney Way
Fenney Putt & Play
Features: Two nine hole putting greens, fishing, walking trail, picnic tables and a pavilion. Address: 2735 Fenney Way
Blue Heron Park
Features: Benches, picnic table and a walking path.
Address: 2905 Fenney Way
Sugar Cane Park
Features: Benches, picnic tables, walking paths and exercise stations.
Address: 2636 Fenney Way
District Recreation and Parks Department phone number: 352-674-1800.
Nearby State Parks All of Florida’s state parks are open from 8 a.m. to sundown.
Lake Louisa State Park
Features: Canoeing and kayaking, fishing, boating, swimming, bicycling, camping, wildlife viewing and horseback riding.
Entrance fees: $5 for vehicles with two to eight occupants; $4 for single-occupant vehicles; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists
Address: 7305 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont
Lake Griffin State Park
Features: Canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, geocaching and camping. Guided interpretative tours by kayak or pontoon boat are available by appointment. The park’s nature trail features a mammoth live oak tree believed to be one of the largest and oldest in the state.
Entrance fees: $5 for vehicles with two to eight occupants; $4 for single-occupant vehicles
Address: 3089 U.S. Highway 27/441, Fruitland Park
Silver Springs State Park
Features: Canoeing and kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing, geocaching, camping, bicycling and horseback riding. The park’s famous glass bottom boat rides run daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and cost $11 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12 and seniors 55 and up.
Entrance fees: $8 for vehicles with two to eight occupants; $5 for single-occupant vehicles and motorcycles; $4 per vessel launch fee for personal canoe and kayak launches; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists
Address: Main entrance is 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Camping and Silver River
Museum entrance is 1425 NE 58th Ave., Ocala. Equestrian trail entrance is on State Road 40, about one minute east of where it intersects with State Road 326.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
Features: Historic site viewing, hiking, wildlife viewing, bicycling and geocaching.
Entrance fees: $3 per vehicle for up to eight occupants; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists
Address: 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell
Rainbow Springs State Park
Features: Tubing, snorkeling, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, geocaching, wildlife viewing and camping. Tubing hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends in April, May and September. A tube rental and shuttle from the tubing entrance to the Rainbow River costs $20 per person. Park staff noted that tubing on the river during summer weekends can be extremely busy.
Entrance fees: $2 per person
Address: Main entrance is 19158 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon. Tubing entrance is 10830 180th Ave. Road, Dunnellon. Camping entrance is 18185 SW 94th St., Dunnellon. Phone: 352-465-8555