Lake County Parks & Trails and the Trout Lake Nature Center are hosting separate outdoor events on Saturday, July 24.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, stick with Parks & Trails’ nature hike from 8 to 10 a.m. at Twin Lakes Park.
If you find the water cooler, head out for a paddling adventure with the Trout Lake Nature Center on Blackwater Creek beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The news releases from two organizations are below:
Park rangers to lead nature hike at Twin Lakes Park
Lake County’s park rangers will lead a low-impact nature hike on Saturday, July 24, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Twin Lakes Park, located at 35303 County Road 473, Leesburg.
“The hike will only be a quarter mile and over paved trails and a boardwalk,” Gallus Quigley, a Lake County park ranger. “This low-impact hike, which will be suitable for walkers, strollers and wheelchairs, will hopefully give the opportunity for everyone to attend.”
During the hike, park rangers will identify plants, animals, butterflies and birds. After the hike, participants are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it at the park’s pavilion and playground area. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Park rangers also recommend bringing insect repellent, sunscreen, water, binoculars and field guides.
The hike is limited to the first 25 individuals to place reservations. For more information or to make reservations for the guided nature hike, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950.
Trout Lake Nature Center, Blackwater Creek Paddle
Saturday - July 24th - 8:30 am
Looking for a cooler outdoor adventure? Join Trout Lake Nature Center on Saturday July 24th for a paddle on Blackwater Creek in Seminole State Forest.
This is a delightful trip on a stream stained dark by “swamp tea” steeped from the vegetation of the surrounding wetland. The water is made darker still by the cool shadows of the over- hanging trees. No power boats are allowed so the sounds will be our voices, dripping paddles and perhaps the complaint of a startled Great Blue Heron. Bring a snack or early lunch, we plan to stop at Moccasin Spring, explore the boils, maybe spot an alligator hiding on the bottom.
We will meet at Seminole State Forest South entrance. Directions: Traveling through Mt Dora on US 441 turn East onto SR 46 proceed about 12 miles. There is a sign marking the entrance to the forest on the left. If you cross the Wekiva River you have gone too far. Go back about a half mile, the entrance is now on your right. After turning into the entrance, proceed on the gravel road. Stop at the pay station, you will need $2.00. Almost immediately after the pay station pull into the Bear Pond parking lot on your left. We will meet there at 8:30am. This will be a leisurely paddle and we will be off the water about noon.
If you wish to join us you must reserve a space; we have a limited number of permits. Call 352-357-7536 or 352-223-4761, slowly leave your number, and a message; you will receive a confirmation call.
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