Fort Cooper State Park

Inverness, FL

National Parks
4 (5 reviews)

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Address: 3100 S Old Floral City Rd, Inverness, FL 34450, USA How do we get there? Number: 352-726-0315
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About this activity

Fort Cooper State Park is 700 acres of nature at it's best, featuring the beautiful Lake Holathlikaha. The park and the lake are the perfect spot for the family to relax, hike, learn about nature, or learn about the rich history!

For those keen hikers in the family, the park offers nearly five miles of self-guided trails. These are perfect for looking out for all the wildlife that call the park home. There are frequent sightings of turkey, white tail deer and even woodpecker, just to name a few. 

The hiking trails are easy to navigate, and range from easy to moderate so you can just relax as you make your way through the hammocks and sand hill communities. Keep an eye out for the interpretive signs that give you an insight into the area.

Want to actually get out onto the lake? Great! The lake is popular for fishing and boating. Private boats are prohibited, but canoes are available to rent when the water levels are right. 

Love some history? Perfect because Fort Cooper State Park is rich in it! The park is actually named for Major Mark Anthony Cooper who was the commander of 380 First Georgia Battalion Volunteers. He played a huge part in saving lives during a two week siege against the Seminoles. Pretty amazing!

You can learn more if you complete the entire trail and check out the interpretive signs!

A great way to explore the beautiful landscapes of Florida!

Activity location


Fort Cooper State Park is located just off US 41, on South Old Floral City Road, two miles south of Inverness.

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How much does it cost?



$3.00 per vehicle, up to 8 person in the vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, & extra passengers



Same as adult


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Fort Cooper State Park FAQ’s

Why not take a picnic! Picnic tables and grills are located throughout the picnic area overlooking Lake Holathlikaha.

Check out the small playground perfect for kids ages 5 to 12 years, near the picnic area.

Make sure you take water

Pets are welcome as long as they are on a leash no longer than six (6) feet. They are permitted in the picnic area, hiking trails and playground. Due to the sensitive nature of the beach area, where endangered nesting and resting shorebirds or turtles can easily be disturbed, pets are not allowed there or in the water.

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