Cow Camp at Lake Kissimmee State Park

Cow Camp at Lake Kissimmee State Park | Lake Wales, FL

Cow Camp at Lake Kissimmee State Park

Hours of Operation

  • 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Open weekends October - April and all major holidays
  • Lake Kissimmee State Park Open:
  • Daily 7 a.m. - sunset

Relive the ranching days of Florida at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales.

About the Lake Kissimmee State Park Cow Camp

Enter the year 1876, where you’ll find a cow hunter talking about his life in a living history demonstration. View scrub cattle brought here by the Spanish in the 1500s.

1876 Cow Camp

Open Weekends & Holidays (except Christmas)
October 1st – May 1st 9:30am – 4:30pm
As you meander down the short trail to the Cow Camp, you will travel back in time to 1876. At the end of the trail, you will find a Florida Cow Hunter in a frontier camp along the route of a cattle drive. He will be cooking, making coffee, tending to the cattle or just resting up until the next roundup or cattle drive. The Cow Hunter will be very happy to share stories about what his life is like and the challenges he faces.
Available upon request for groups of 15 or more.

Guided Horseback Trail Rides

Available upon request
November 2013 – March 2014
Join a Park Ranger on a leisurely 6.7 mile long guided horseback trail ride around
Buster Island. The ride will take approx. 2 hours to complete. LAKE KISSIMMEE STATE PARK DOES NOT HAVE HORSES AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC USE.

Participants must bring their own horses. Proof of a negative Coggins Test must be shown at the Ranger Station for every horse entering the park. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling the Ranger Station at (863) 696-1112. Minimum of 4 people.

Guided Overnight Backpacking Trip

Available upon request
November 2013 – March 2014
Join a Park Ranger for a 7 mile round-trip primitive overnight backpacking excursion through several of the diverse plant and animal communities that make up the park. The trip begins Saturday afternoon, hiking approx. 3.5 miles to one of the park’s primitive campsites. Sunday’s return hike is also approx. 3.5 miles, ending in the early afternoon. Please contact the park for a list of suggested equipment. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Ranger Station at (863) 696-1112. Minimum of 4 people.

Rates

One vehicle $5 (Eight people max)
Single Occupant $4

Directions

Boy Scout Rd. N. off Hwy. 60, E. of Lake Wales. Right onto Camp Mack Rd.