Clearwater Lake Nature Trail

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

The Clearwater Lake Nature Trail is a 1.3-mile loop starting at the day use area. It is an easy walk that traverses the major habitats around the lake, including pine flatwoods, freshwater marsh and oak scrub, providing interpretive information and numerous benches for birding or resting. 

Located at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area

Boating

  • Paddle your canoe or kayak across the placid waters of Clearwater Lake in search of a quiet spot along the reedy shoreline. It's slightly more than a mile circuit around the edge of the lake.

Camping 

  • Nicely shaded, the 42-space Clearwater Lake Campground provides breezy lakefront sites. It accommodates both trailers and tents, and has bathhouses with warm showers.

Fishing

  • Cast a line from your campsite or wade out into the grassy shallows for a chance to catch both bream and catfish.

Hiking & Backpacking

  • The Clearwater Lake Nature Trail is a 1.3-mile loop starting at the day use area. It is an easy walk that traverses the major habitats around the lake, including pine flatwoods, freshwater marsh and oak scrub, providing interpretive information and numerous benches for birding or resting. The trailhead for the Florida Trail's 62-mile linear trail is along the recreation area entrance road.

Mountain Biking

  • Explore 22 miles of singletrack along the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail between Alexander Springs Recreation Area and Clearwater Lake Recreation Area.

Swimming

  • A swimming beach along Clearwater Lake, accessible through the day use area, provides a place for families to frolic in the water.

This site is operated by Adventure Ocala.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dawn to dusk
Fees Included in recreation area fee.
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Paisley
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Area History

  • Clearwater Lake Recreation Area is where the Florida Trail Association started building the statewide Florida Trail, now a National Scenic Trail, in 1966. The original trail segment was built west of Clearwater Lake, so some of this nature loop may parallel or utilize this historic route.

General Information

General Notes:

Amenities at Recreation Area

  • Camping (tent and RVs)

  • Drinking water 

  • Flush toilets

  • Interpretive site

  • Picnic area and tables

  • Showers

Licenses and Passes

Fishing 


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