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Park Manager

Winter is here and with this, the cooler weather seems to encourage the animals to move around. What a better way to make new memories with family and friends than to spend time at the park picnicking, hiking the trails, birdwatching or bringing the kids to the playground.  

There are 6 distinct natural communities in Fort Cooper State Park and each one is home to unique plants and wildlife that gives visitors a glimpse into "The Real Florida". One of my favorite natural communities in the park is the Sandhill because it is home to the Longleaf Pine, Gopher Tortoises, Wire grass and a variety of fire tolerant oak species. To experience the beauty of this community, make sure to hike the Sandhill Loop Trail.

Pets are welcome in the park and campground as long as they are on a leash no longer than 6 feet. They are permitted in the Picnic area and on the trails but not on the beach, playground area or in the lake.