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NOTE: Very nice rangers
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Easy to get to and near other interesting places in Inverness and Floral City and scenic drive. Huge pretty pond/lake/beach and some interesting well maintained trails. We tend to come back often.
Not a great diversity of birds but a good view of what's there. Pileated woodpecker, turkey, bobwhite. In lake a lot of red winged blackbird, grackle, whistling duck, gallinule, anhinga, etc.
More than should be around this close to people. Lots of deer to be seen, gopher tortoises.
Great setup for large BBQs - bathrooms, shelters, playground, etc. Trails have good signage. No RV camping but I believe there's a youth primitive campground.
You have to drive through the edge of a residential neighborhood to get there but the signs are ample.
They are unusually nice rangers. Except Larry. Fuck Larry. Just kidding - no idea if there is a Larry.
Good in that you can do several miles of trail or just pull up for 20 minutes on the beach.
Fort Cooper is a state park that feels like the deep woods although it isn't. It's on the edge of Inverness as you come from Floral city - both are pleasant cities to visit on their own - so we come back here fairly often.
To sum up the park it's more or less some nice forest with more wildlife than one should expect and a large lake with a nice beach on it. I don't think anyone swims in it but it's a great scenic spot and fun for kids. There are several trails and we've seen deer on all of them but if you follow the lake around to the right - that's were we've seen turkey and deer intimately. Eventually you reach an amphitheater of oaks where they do recreations from one of the Seminole wars.
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