Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park


Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park is a quiet 845-acre preserve that provides protection for sand scrub, "Florida's desert," one of the state's most endangered natural communities.  Some of Florida's rarest and most imperiled plant and animal species, including the Florida scrub-jay, Florida scrub lizard, Florida mouse, gopher tortoise, and the Eastern indigo snake are found here.  Ospreys and bald eagles are frequently sighted along the three miles of lakefront, and white-tailed deer, bobcat, and black bear are occasionally seen.  Acreage consists primarily of scrub, scrubby flatwoods, and bayhead.  This relatively new park is best suited for those seeking a remote wilderness experience, bird watching and nature study.  Amenities are few, but the natural experience is exceptional.  Visitors can hike along the white sugar sand firelanes, walk a half-mile nature trail, fish from the lake shore, or launch a lightweight canoe or kayak onto the lake.  A picnic area has a shelter with tables, but no grill.  The park is located on the west side of Lake June-in-Winter.  It is just a ten minute drive west from the town of Lake Placid, and approximately 30 minutes from Highlands Hammock State Park.  It is approximately twelve miles south of Sebring off U.S. Highway 27.   Travel U.S. 27 to County Road 621, turn west and drive approximately four miles to Daffodil Road.  Continue driving south on Daffodil for approximately two miles to the park entrance.


Thomas Sanocki

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Peaceful park, water views. But the "scrub" was not that distinctive in the main area, though there seemed to be more up on the old roads. I found Broussard Preserve to the North a much more distinctive example of the scrub and sand hills of the ancient “Lake Wales Ridge.” But BP has a gun range nearby (not so peaceful).

josh g

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Tiny park with little to no amenities. Fine if you want to do a little hike but nothing really worth going for either.

Robert Fitterling, Jr.

Sunday, March 4, 2018
LJIW is a peaceful spot along the shores of Lake June, It has a few short trails and picnic tables. This is a fairly undeveloped for a State Park but is worth visiting if you are in the area.

Tumbleweeds Montagne

Friday, April 28, 2017
Really unique and beautiful scenery. I love that I feel immersed in the wilderness since it is away from all the main roads and houses, yet it only takes a few minutes to get here, making it an awesome quick getaway for me and my dogs. There are not very many trails, so it is more of a picnic area with fabulous views and a few short trails built in. These trails though short, provide a secluded and relaxing escape. The out house is clean and there are doggy poop bags as well as a trash bin at the parking area. It seems to be kept up very well as I noticed that they replenish the envelopes at the gate and the trash has never been over flowing. Definitely worth the visit, but don't expect it to be a whole day event. Every time I have been there have been only 1-2 cars in the parking lot.

George Jirsa

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Well going to see. It is small but it very peaceful. Very uncrowded.

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