Central Florida is known for its world-class amusement parks, beautiful weather, and breathtaking state parks. Just thirty minutes west of Orlando, an hour and fifteen minutes east of Tampa, and an hour south of Ocala, you’ll find Lake Louisa State Park. This 4,500-acre park is flush with lakes, streams, and natural wildlife, and boasts over 100 acres of lakeshore. There are also 11 distinct plant ecosystems. If you’re looking to rent an RV, this would be the place to park it.
In 1943, a large portion of the land now known as Lake Louisa State Park was purchased by the Bronson family, who used it to cultivate orange groves and rear cattle. Thirty years later, the state purchased the land back from the family and converted it into the state park it is today. In 1977, it was officially opened to the public.
Whether you like to hike, mountain bike, swim, fish, or discover amazing animals and bugs, Lake Louisa State Park has you covered. There's plenty for the whole family to do and see in this central Florida park. Book an RV in Lake County and see what your Florida camping trip has in store for you!
Ready for a hike? Lake Louisa campers have 23 miles of trails to explore. Strap on your boots or kick up some dirt on your mountain bike, because these trails are perfect for both. Keep your eyes peeled as well. You won’t be the only visitors on these trails. Hikers get to share the paths with bobcats, turkeys, gophers, tortoises, and a wide variety of insects and birds. Speaking of animals, if you brought your horse along with you, there are 16 miles of horseback riding trails for you and your horse to roam.
Anglers will be happy to find that Lake Louisa State Park has more than just the one lake. The park encompasses six different lakes, four of which allow fishing from your boat. Lake Louisa also has a shoreline that's perfect for casting out your line. Dixie and Hammond Lake have docks available specifically for fishing. With all these options, you’re bound to find a method that works best for you, so drop a line in one of the park’s lakes and see what you catch.
Maybe the time has come and you're going to propose to the love of your life. (Congratulations!) Okay, maybe we’re being a bit presumptuous here, but it might be helpful to know that Lake Louisa State Park is a popular destination for weddings each year. Its backdrops are pristine, with white sandy beaches and rolling meadows bursting with wildflowers, oak forests, and the beautiful lake. It’s no wonder people come here from across the country to tie the knot. Contact the park through their website and start planning your dream wedding. Or, simply pack your camera in your RV rental and snap some shots of the park's breathtaking scenery.
Camping at Lake Louisa State Park
Those looking to camp in an RV at Lake Louisa State Park can do so in style. RV campers can rest easy knowing that all campsites have a standard electrical hookup of 30 and 50 amps. The park's pull-through and back-in sites can accommodate campers up to 85 feet long. Select sites also provide water and sewer hookups.
The state park campground amenities include public restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. Forgot to pack something or need to replenish? Louisa State Park has you covered with a camp store which stocks nearly everything you’ll need for a cozy camping trip. Though the park doesn't have Wi-Fi, nearly all major cell phone service providers have coverage in the area.
Pets are welcome in the park as long as they follow the guidelines mandated in the park’s rules. Service animals are allowed anywhere you are. All Florida state parks do their best to provide accessibility to all their guests. That’s why wheelchairs and motorized scooters are allowed anywhere foot traffic is allowed. The park also provides picnic pavilions so you and your family can have a nice barbecue out in the fresh Florida air.
Exploring the Area
A mere 30 minutes away is the magical city of Orlando, famous for its thriving downtown area, great food, and world-renowned theme parks. If you’re a foodie, head to the East End Market to discover some amazing vendors from across cultures and try some new cuisine. There are always events and acts around to keep everyone entertained.
Could your favorite band be in town? Park your rental RV in the Amway Arena parking lot and check out what big acts are coming through. Amway Arena is also home to Orlando’s three major sports teams, so check the calendar and see if the Orlando Magic or the Orlando Predators have a home game while you’re in town. World-class musical acts and plays come through this venue as well. Whether it’s a punk rock show, the ballet, a musical, or your favorite band, this venue has it all.
If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key than a rock concert, but still incredibly fun, head over to St. Petersburg and visit the Dali Museum. Even the architecture of this building was inspired by Salvador Dali. This eccentric painter’s work is known around the world as being dreamlike, experimental, and emphasizing exaggeration. The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is home to the largest collection of Salvador Dali's work outside of Europe.
With central Florida being so close to such densely populated areas, finding food or a gas station will be a breeze. Once your belly and tank are full, you can either head north towards Georgia to explore the American South, or dip south towards the Everglades or the tropical Florida Keys.