Wildlife Viewing

Green Mountain Scenic Overlook & Trailhead

The Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead includes a 130-foot elevated boardwalk leading to a 20×20 foot overlook offering exceptional views of Lake Apopka and the Orlando skyline. The facility also boasts a covered pavilion with picnic tables, restrooms, and a switchback trail from the parking area to the railroad bed.

20700 County Road 455
Montverde, FL 34756
(352) 253-4950
Email: parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov

Florida Scrub-Jay Trail

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is dedicated to increase awareness of the need to restore habitat for scrub-jays, gopher tortoises, and native plant species. A free orientation is offered on the 1st Saturday of each month from 8am-11am, and many other events are schedule there. Check the website above for more information.

Florida Scrub-Jay Trail
11490 Montevista Road
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 429-5566
Email: info@scrubjaytrail.org

Wildlife Drive

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way 11-mile drive that begins at Lust Road and ends on Jones Road in Orange County, Fla. The drive is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays between sunrise and sunset. The drive is closed other days due to ongoing restoration work. The entrance gate will be open during daylight hours and will close approximately one hour prior to sunset to allow visitors to complete the drive and exit the property prior to sunset.

For your safety, the speed limit is 10 mph and the maximum vehicle length is 25 feet. Vehicles pulling trailers are not allowed. Directional signs are located along the route and gates will be closed/locked for the public’s safety in areas where work is ongoing. Several “pull over” areas provide visitors a chance to stop along the drive. Stopping is limited to the pull over areas. A portion of the drive intersects with a multi-use trail (shown as the Lake Spur on the map inside the brochure below) and visitors are encouraged to carefully watch for hikers, bicycle riders and other users who will be sharing the road.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
2803 Lust Rd
Apopka, FL 32703

Visit www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/lake-apopka/ for more info about Lake Apopka North Shore and the Wildlife Drive.

Oakland Nature Preserve

The Oakland Nature Preserves vision is to, “promote understanding of the fragile balances among land, water, mankind, and the environment by EDUCATING present and future generations about the natural systems of the Lake Apopka Basin and by RESTORING and CONSERVING the lands within the Preserve.” 90 acres of undisturbed forest wetlands along with 38 acres that are being restored to a longleaf pine-turkey oak plant community, it’s the perfect setting to view the flora and fauna of this region.

Oakland Nature Preserve
747 Machete Trail
Oakland, FL 34787
(407) 905-0054