Lake Kissimmee State Park -- bordered by Lakes Kissimmee, Rosalie, and Tiger in central peninsular Florida -- lies in the heart of Florida's nineteenth-century cow country, a geographical/historical fact that provides the focus for the park's unique feature, an "1876 cow camp." A "preservation herd" of rangy cattle is on hand and a cow catcher explains the sound of a whip that gave (mainly rural) Floridians the name "cracker."

Though no mention of it is made in signage or literature, the park also is not far from the site of Fort Gardner, established by General Zachary Taylor in 1837 during the Second Seminole War.

Go to the Cow Camp

Go to Picnic Area & Observation Tower

Go to Flatwoods Pond Nature Trail