This wonderful state park located between Clermont and Haines City is easily accessed off US-27. There are 20+ miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of paved biking trails and 15+ miles of horse trails available for visitors. Bird the lake at the end of the road, and search for grassland species like Eastern Meadowlark, Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite, Red-tailed Hawk and American Kestrel as well as mixed winter flocks of Chipping Sparrows and Palm Warblers. Over 10 species of wading bird can be present at any of the six lakes in the park; scan for Mottled Ducks, Limpkins and Ospreys as well. Prairie Warblers, Summer Tanagers and Red-eyed Vireos occur during spring and fall migration in the hammocks along Big Creek and the nature trail near the beach can also be productive. An extensive sandhill restoration project has restored 500 acres of citrus groves with native longleaf pines. Check the liatris, firebush, blanket flower and other plants in the park’s three butterfly gardens. More than 65 butterfly species have been recorded in the park, including Palamedes Swallowtail, Dorantes Longtail, Delaware Skipper and Southern Broken-Dash.