Located less than 30 miles west of Orlando, Lake Louisa State Park offers a fantastic nature escape just a short drive from the big city. Famous for its beautiful lakes and spectacular landscapes, the park offers opportunities for year-round recreation and relaxation. Best of all, you can pitch a tent in the shaded campground and stay a few nights with your canine pal.
The park covers some 4,500 acres and is home to the lovely waters of Lake Louisa, the largest of the Clermont chain lakes. Along with Hammond Lake and Dixie Lake, which also lie within the park's boundaries, Lake Louisa offers the perfect place to indulge in a little fishing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. However, Lake Louisa is the only lake in the park with a designated swimming area.
If you're an avid wildlife watcher, you'll relish the chance to spot everything from white-tail deer and bobcats to bald eagles and ospreys. Hikers are also well catered for, with an extensive network of trails providing the perfect excuse to stretch your legs. The Lake Louisa State Park campground boasts more than 50 sites suitable for tents or RVs, with pets welcome on all sites. Cabins are also available in the park but are not pet-friendly.
Of course, if you are traveling with your furry friend, you'll need to make sure that you always abide by all park rules concerning pets. Your pooch is permitted in all designated day-use areas including the trails, family camping area, and primitive camps. However, they'll need to be on a leash no longer than six feet and must always be on their best behavior. Take note that pets are not allowed at the playground, swimming area or park buildings and that it's your responsibility to clean up after your pet and properly dispose of their waste.
Stick to these simple rules and you and your pet can enjoy a paw-fect camping trip in this popular Florida park.