Lake County, Parks, trails and rivers offer nature at its best
Home to more than 1,000 pristine lakes and rivers, it’s obvious how Lake County got its name. Beyond the lakes teeming with fish is a landscape found nowhere else in Florida. Rolling hills and stunning vistas comprise Lake County’s unique terrain, leading to the highest point in peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain.
With its central location, budget-friendly hotels and easy access to airports and major roadways, Lake County is the ideal place to relocate. North is the Ocala National Forest and the hills of Clermont are to the south.
Lake County remains nature’s paradise, with nearly 500 acres of active parks and more than 3,400 acres of passive parkland, much of which is protected public land. Walkers, joggers and cyclists are treated to 45 miles of hilly recreational trails, both paved and unpaved.
Natural habitats, full of flora and fauna, attract hikers and avid bird watchers to these undisturbed lands where protected species like the Florida scrub jay and gopher tortoise peacefully reside. Canoeists and kayakers can enjoy the area’s wildlife as they glide along 139 miles of the Lake County Community Blueways Project.
Lake County’s 14 distinct municipalities, each has its own small town personality and offer a refreshing reminder of a simpler time. Live music streams nightly from eclectic waterfront restaurants, pubs and wine bars, where mom and pop restaurants offer some of the best meals in town.
Lake County’s prosperous local economy is supported by a wide range of career opportunities, a diversified tax base and an exceptional quality of life. The county works to ensure it has a well-prepared workforce for existing, emerging and prospective businesses by working closely with partners at two colleges: Lake-Sumter State College and Lake Technical College.
Clermont was named one of the Top 20 Cities in America “Leading the Way” in economic development and quality of life from the International City/County Management Association and is known as “The Choice of Champions” for its international reputation for training elite athletes.
The city of Leesburg is a hub for business and economic development, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. The city hosts the annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival each October and is known as a premier birding destination.
Mount Dora is known for its small town charm, abundant antique shops and a huge antique center and farmers/flea market called Renninger’s on the outskirts of town. Also known as “Festival City,” Mount Dora hosts music, arts, crafts, seafood, bicycle and blueberry festivals as well as a sailboat regatta.
Elevate your life at Florida’s newest luxury lakefront and private golf club community minutes west of downtown Orlando. From the moment you enter Bella Collina, it is evident there is something special about this 1,900-acre community. Perhaps it’s the 75,000-square-foot Tuscan style clubhouse with panoramic views of Lake Apopka. Or could it be the resort-style pool, spa, restaurant, fitness center, tennis courts and more.
Lake County Map (PDF)
Lake County Data Sheet (PDF)