From birdwatching and hiking to boating, camping, and all-out relaxing, Lake Kissimmee State Park offers something for just about everyone. Located to the east of Lake Wales and covering 5,930 acres, this Florida state park offers an enticing retreat for all outdoor recreation enthusiasts, especially dog lovers.
First opened to the public in 1977, Lake Kissimmee State Park boasts a diverse range of flora and fauna. Habitats include floodplain marshes, Flatwoods, and shady hammocks, while the park is home to more than 200 species of birds. Birdlife ranges from Florida scrub jays to bald eagles, and wildlife enthusiasts can also catch a glimpse of Herman fox squirrels, gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer, and more.
The park is actually located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger, and Rosalie, so it's no surprise that there's an abundance of aquatic activities on offer for visitors. Boating and canoeing on, and fishing in, the peaceful waters of the three lakes is something that brings many vacationers to this part of the world.
But there's plenty of land-based fun to be had as well, with 13 miles of trails for those wanting to get some exercise, so spend some time spotting wildlife or studying the local plant life. Other features include a large and well-shaded picnic area, an 1876-era cow camp with living history demonstrations, and a campground with more than 50 sites.
Pets are more than welcome at Florida state park campgrounds, provided you and your pooch abide by a few, simple rules. Your pet will need to be on a leash six feet or shorter and under control at all times. Make sure that your dog is never left unattended, and that you always remember to dispose of their waste.
Stay on top of these simple tasks and you'll be ready to enjoy a peaceful and invigorating camping trip with your canine pal.