Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park
Effective April 2022: Park visitors are requested to be mindful of creating any fire that could ignite a wildfire, including discarded cigarettes and driving and/or parking vehicles in dry vegetation. Visitors are asked to "field strip" cigarettes as a safety precaution. The risk of wildfires is high due to extreme dry conditions locally. The current drought is expected to last until the summer rainy season begins.
ATVs and UTVs Prohibited
The use of ATVs and UTVs is prohibited at Highlands Hammock State Park, including Seven Lakes, the East Property and the South Property, per Chapter 62D-2.014, Florida Administrative Code.
8 a.m. to sunset, 365 days a year, including holidays.
$2 per vehicle; exact change required for Iron Ranger.
Welcome to Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park
This park is a quiet 845-acre preserve that provides protection for sand scrub, 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 fire lanes, walk a half-mile nature trail, fish from the lakeshore 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 10-minute drive west from the town of Lake Placid and 30 minutes from Highlands Hammock State Park. It is 12 miles south of Sebring off U.S. Highway 27.
- Travel U.S. 27 to Lake June Road. Turn west on Lake June Road and continue driving around the lake. Turn south on Daffodil Street. Continue driving south on Daffodil for two miles to the park entrance.
- Park GPS coordinates: N 27º 17.792 W 81º 25.469
Plan Your Visit
Exploring Lake June
Every Stamp Is A Story
Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park Photo Gallery
Sugar Trail at Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park, in Lake Placid