Cool Day Trips

Fort Cooper State Park

Fort Cooper Entry Sign


Fort Cooper is another one of those Florida gems that you can easily bring the family and spend a day. Always check the park site for fee schedule, but it only cost us $3. There are 2 easy hiking trails and a nature walk. 

Fort Cooper Plaque

Wilderness Sign
Wilderness Sign Located in The Parking Lot

Bathroom
Bathroom Facility Building

Bird On Beach
One Of The Wildlife Birds You Will See At The Park

Playground
Playground Area

Fire Pit
Group Fire Pit

Gazebo
Gazebo In Day Use Area

Water View
Water View From Day Use Area

There are clean restrooms, A picnic area, and biking trails. There are canoe rentals for you to head out on Lake Holathlikaha. If you want to get away from the normal daily routine and spend a relaxing day with hiking, bbq-ing, and great photo ops, this is a nice place to be. It also has a few Geocaches if you are a Geocacher.

Sand Hill Loop Trail

Sand Hill Loop Trail

The Sand Hill Loop Trail is located just inside of the park entrance. There is parking on the grass near the trail-head. The trail is approximately 1.8 miles long of fairly easy terrain.

Sand Loop Sign
Sand Hill Loop Sign Map

Trail Pic 2
View From The Trail

Entry Sand Loop
Entry To The Trail

The trail is marked in only one direction so just follow the footprint signs and turn right. Keep an eye out for gopher tortoise tracks and burrows along this trail. It is mostly shade covered until you get to the junction with the incoming trail from the trailhead on the main park road.

If you keep going straight, and you’ll find yourself climbing uphill with a slight turn to the left. Although they say, wildlife is abundant here, we did not see any on our trip other than an occasional squirrel.

Another View From The Trail

I Think I Should Go To The Left

I Should Take The Truck Next Time

You can easily do this trail along with the Fort Site Trail located within this same park on the same day. Overall, it was perfect for us beginners. Don’t forget the bug spray on this trail.

The Fort Site Trail

Fort Site Trail Sign

The Fort Site Trail is also located in Fort Cooper State Park.  The trail entrance is located near the back of the park.

Trail Map
The Fort Site Trail Map Sign

Wit Sign
Life Along The Withlacoochee

You can easily complete the 2 hikes and nature trail in one day with time to rest, eat, relax in between. After we completed the Sand Loop Trail, we then we jumped back in our car and head up the road further into the park. We went to the end, circled around, and parked.

Me Looking Through Fence
I Bet You Can’t See Me

Sign 2
Trail Head Sign Along The Path

Random Gazebo Like Covering
Honey, The Roof Is Leaking

Side View Of Fort Ruins
Did You Find Me Yet?

Lonely Battle Sign
Lonely Outpost In A Hostile Land

Now if you are there for the day, you could walk up past the bathrooms and there are benches, picnic tables, and BBQs.

If you want to relax, maybe grab a bite to eat (we pack our own lunch), or just take a breather and take a minute and check out the birds near the water. After relaxing for a bit, head towards the rear of the park. This is where the trail begins.

Just like the Sand Loop Trail, this trail is also fairly easy and mostly flat.

Oh yeah, Did I mention if you Geocache you just might find something?!!!

Dogwood Nature Trail Sign
Short Nature Trail

Every year in March for the Annual Fort Cooper Days event, they perform a complete with Second Seminole War re-enactments that depict the events that took place here in 1836.

Date Of Visit: January 2017

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