Lake Runnymede Conservation Area Overview
Lake Runnymede Conservation Area
The best of Florida’s nature and wildlife contained in one 43-acre preserve! Lake Runnymede Conservation was founded and is still maintained by Osceola County, and is sandwiched between little Lake Runnymede and the ginormous East Lake Tohopekaliga.
East Lake Tohopekaliga can be viewed from multiple observation points that are accessible from the hiking trails that run through the conservation area, despite being on the other side of Rummel Road. The Park features quite the variety of different landscapes, each beautiful in its own right.
There are two scenic trails that lead through the preserve that you can choose from.
One of them is the green-blazed live Oak trail. The Lake Runnymede Conservation Area is home to some of the most beautiful ancient live oaks in the region. The bases of the trees are so huge it’s absolutely awe-inspiring, and their size suggests that many of the trees in the preserve are over 500 years old!
The other trail is the yellow blazed lake trail, that features live Oaks with Spanish moss lazily hanging from the branches, as well as glimpses of the beautiful Lake Tohopekaliga. Deeper into the preserve, you can see a stretch of the ancient white sand of the Florida peninsula and a few more Indian mounds as well. Although you walk along the shoreline of lake Runnymede, amazingly, you can’t see it due to the overgrown aquatic and shoreline vegetation.
Neither of the trails is over a mile long, they are very quiet and peaceful and the entire preserve seldom gets busy at all. It’s a great place to take your family for a walk or to take some nature pictures. The trails are both flat and very easy to go for a hike on. Fortunately for the dog owner, the park allows pets, making this one amazing place to take our your dog! The trails are so forgiving in fact that you can even maneuver a baby stroller through the park.
The Preserve is very rich in birds, featuring an abundance of songbirds such as the Cardinal and Titmouse, and birds of prey like the red-shouldered hawk for example.
The Conservation area truly embodies the spirit and feel of the old south, when St. Cloud was the Ranging Capital of all of Florida! At the preserve, there is a historic site that provides more insight and lets you know that this area used to be all open range.
Park hours are from dusk until dawn, and amenities such as restrooms, barbecue grills, picnic benches, a park kiosk with a map are available for your convenience.
Access to the park is free!
There is even a Group Campsite available as well as plenty of parking.