Welcome to one of the rarest ecosystems protected within the Florida Park Service. The 845-acres of Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park, located in beautiful Lake Placid, are predominately scrub habitat, which contains the highest concentration of rare plants and animals in North America! The endemic Florida scrub-jay makes its home here, and there are excellent opportunities for observing...
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Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park
Welcome to Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park
Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park is a quiet 845-acre preserve that provides protection for sand scrub, "Florida's desert," one of the state's most endangered natural communities. Some of Florida's rarest and most imperiled plant and animal species, including the Florida scrub-jay, Florida scrub lizard, Florida mouse, gopher tortoise and the Eastern indigo snake are found here. Ospreys and bald eagles are frequently sighted along the three miles of lakefront, and white-tailed deer, bobcat and black bear are occasionally seen.
Acreage consists primarily of scrub, scrubby flatwoods and bayhead. This relatively new park is best suited for those seeking a remote wilderness experience, bird watching and nature study.
Amenities are few, but the natural experience is exceptional. Visitors can hike along the white sugar sand firelanes, walk a half-mile nature trail, fish from the lake shore or launch a lightweight canoe or kayak onto the lake. A picnic area has a shelter with tables, but no grill.
The park is located on the west side of Lake June-in-Winter. It is just a ten minute drive west from the town of Lake Placid and approximately 30 minutes from Highlands Hammock State Park. It is approximately twelve miles south of Sebring off U.S. Highway 27. Travel U.S. 27 to County Road 621, turn west and drive approximately four miles to Daffodil Road. Continue driving south on Daffodil for approximately two miles to the park entrance.
Park GPS coordinates: N 27º 17.792 W 81º 25.469