Fort Cooper State Park
Welcome to Fort Cooper State Park
Over 700 acres of Nature at its best, Fort Cooper State Park offers a spot for relaxing, hiking, nature study and learning about history. Lake Holathlikaha is popular for fishing and boating, although private boats are prohibited, canoes are available for rent when water levels and conditions permit. As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park offers nearly five miles of self-guided trails with excellent bird and wildlife viewing. The park´s diverse natural areas provide a refuge for many plants and animals, including threatened and endangered species. A paved pathway connects the park to the multi-use paved Withlacoochee State Trail. Park visitors can enjoy the picnic facilities and playground under the hardwood hammock near the lake.
A covered picnic pavilion and BBQ pit may be rented as well as the Lake Lodge and it is the ideal setting for small gatherings. This rustic building with a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, heat and a fireplace can accommodate up to 50 people. A small gazebo can be reserved and is popular for small wedding ceremonies. Group primitive tent camping is available for groups up to 20 people per site. The Seminole Heritage Trail kiosks located in the park are a series of four interpretive panels that provide an insight into the lives of the Seminoles who lived in this area and the reason for Fort Cooper's construction.
Join us every year in March for the Annual Fort Cooper Days event, complete with Second Seminole War re-enactments that depict the events that took place here in 1836.
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