Hiking at Lake Kissimmee State Park

View looking down Buster Island Loop Trail.

Explore the trails...

Enjoy the beauty of the winding hiking trails at Lake Kissimmee State Park. We offer over 20 miles of hiking trails through 12 distinct natural communities.

While exploring our four hiking trails and one equestrian trail (multi-use trail hiking and horseback riding), keep your eyes open for the 30 listed species of flora and fauna you may encounter. With white-tailed deer, Sherman fox squirrels, gopher tortoises, bobcats and many more animals that inhabit the park, who knows what you might stumble across.   

Take a stroll out to the bank of Lake Kissimmee on the Gobbler Ridge Trail for excellent bird-watching opportunities. The park hosts over 200 species of birds, making it one of the best birding areas in Central Florida. The Charlie Gafford Flatwoods Pond Trail is a quarter-mile self-guided informational trail. While following this trail you will learn about the ecosystems of the park.  

If you are up for an adventure, the park offers two remote primitive backpacking sites located on the Buster Island Loop and North Loop trails. Enjoy the peace and quiet of these sites hidden away in Florida’s natural beauty. 

  • Reservations for these sites can be made at the ranger station in person or over the phone at 863-696-1112. 
  • Water is not available on the trails so make sure to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellent and snacks.