Lake Nona Is Ideal For Nature Lovers And The Health Conscience

Dated: 04/01/2017

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Lake Nona is Ideal for Nature Lovers and the Health Conscience.

In addition to the medical and retail boom that has made Lake Nona one the fastest growing real estate markets in America, are the varied and unspoiled swaths of nature that surround it. It is these bucolic areas that appeal as much to health conscience young Millennials as the job opportunities spawned from Lake Nona’s boom. Despite the area’s growth from a population of fifteen-hundred in the year 2000 to the fifty-thousand who call it home now, the community has managed to incorporate, not decimate the wildlife that surrounds it.   The greater Lake Nona area contains areas from dense woods to open areas where one can take in the entire horizon of a tangerine sunset. The wildlife is abundant and diverse, the area has such creatures as bald eagles, black bears, deer, fox, bobcats, Florida panthers, along with the famous Floridian alligators. If one is willing to make a further journey Manatee can be seen in Crystal River. The area surrounding Lake Nona has numerous lakes such as Lake Tohopekaliga and Lake Heart, which are perfect for canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. The fitness minded need look no further than their own backyard pool for a nearly year round source of exercise.  It is no wonder along with Lake Nona’s status as a model community that its rural areas are a draw to both nature lovers and those who love to exercise outdoors. Lake Nona itself has miles of sidewalks and programs such as the bike share at Lake Nona Town Center. Most of all it may be the wealth of neighboring nature parks that draw outdoor enthusiast to the community.

Here are some parks  in the Lake Nona area that appeal both to those who want to be closer to nature, and those who want to break a sweat in the great outdoors.

Isle of Pine Green Trail This park has a grassy loop that stretches over a mile through thickets of longleaf pines.  It has the added attraction of running next to Lake Mary Jane, which only adds to the parks serene atmosphere.

Split Oak Forest It’s easy to see where this park got its name when you arrive. Among the pines sits a massive oak tree, over two hundred years old, split down the middle. It is an astounding sight to see a tree that at first glance gives the impression it is dead, alive and thriving. This heavily wooded park is a preserve for the threatened species, gopher turtles. Wooden overlook platforms off the hiking path give visitors to contemplate the landscape in front of them. There are nine miles of marked trails for hiking and horseback riding.

Crescent Park This is a quaint park (located in the Laureate Park subdivision of Lake Nona) has an expansive open lawn, a fountain surrounded by park benches, and a gazebo reminiscent of the mid-century modern style. The park offers free, hour-long yoga classes (mats not provided), which adds to the charm of the Lake Nona community.

Lake Miona Recreation Center This park has a small fitness trail with nine fitness stations, perfect to combine with jogging or running.  

Shingle Creek Regional Park Not only is this park an oasis of wetlands inside Orlando, it is also the location for the headwaters of the Everglades. The gentle, glassy water is ideal for boating, and the soon to be completed Shingle Creek Regional trail will provide thirty-two miles of hiking and biking.

Hal Scott Preserve Here over nine-thousand acres of palmettos and pines are spread across both Florida prairie and hammocks of flatwoods. There are as many varied activities in the park as there are types of landscape. Hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, and camping are some of the things for a visitor to do while there.

Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve Here nine-hundred and fifty acres of land are designated for the preservation of wildlife.  This park features a diverse and changing landscape which includes awe inspiring wide open wetlands and dense hardwood hammocks. Lake Lizzie is a favorite for horseback riders and hikers.

The community of Lake Nona has managed to seamlessly blend together being a hub for technologically forward thinking, and the tranquil landscape that surrounds it. It is undoubtedly a paradise for the fit and admirers of nature. Lake Nona has all the outdoor activity anyone could ever want, right within a few short miles drive.

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