Flat Island Preserve is a 2300-acre conservation area in the Okahumpka Marsh located southwest of Leesburg, west of Lake Harris and north of Lake Denham. Members of the Florida Trail Association built and maintain on the Flat Island portion a 4.5-mile loop trail with 2 cross trails allowing for a shorter or longer walking experience. Primitive camping is allowed on Flat Island by permit. There is a long boardwalk off the south section of the loop that will take you to a canoe launch. The canoes are available for rent through the Lake County Water Authority Office (see details below). Magnolia Island is accessible only by canoe. Additional trails are planned on the property in the future. The LCWA also owns property running alongside CR25A, which will become a hiking/biking path in the future that will take you all the way into Leesburg.
From Leesburg: Take US 27 south from Main St. or Dixie Ave. Just south of the Southside Shopping Center off to the right (west) will be CR 25A. Head south on 25A for approximately 1-¼ miles until you come to Owens Rd. Turn right (west) and follow the clay/sand road to the end. Turn right into the pasture for parking. Trail starts near the sign-in kiosk.
From the South: From the Leesburg exit of the Turnpike take US 27 north about 8 miles and look on your left for CR 25A which veers off just south of a defunct building which housed a recreational vehicle sales operation. Head north on 25A until you come to a cemetery. The road on the north side of the cemetery is Owens Rd. Turn left (west) and take Owens to the end. Turn right into the pasture for parking. Trail starts near the sign-in kiosk.
Canoe rental information:
County Water Authority
107 North Lake Avenue
Tavares, FL 32778
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