|Hiking and fishing on the boardwalk along Lake Lotus|
|Roots are plentiful as are cypress knees|
Across the lake are apartments and you can see parts of some homes to the north and west of the lake. The highway noise is low, despite Maitland Boulevard passing adjacent to the park. Birds were everywhere, from small jays, egrets and ducks to hawks, as were lizards, squirrels and signs of turtles and raccoons. There are covered picnic tables with grills, restrooms, playgrounds and the quiet walks through nature. The lake has floating lotus plants just past the Little Wekiva River outlet and around the north side of the boardwalk. The hiking trail starts to the east of the central picnic area, and continues about a mile and a half as you walk in a counter-clockwise direction, returning you to where you began. Shorter cross trails connect you back to the park center.
|Mesic Hammock, benches are just around the corner|
To find Lake Lotus Park, take the Maitland Boulevard exit on I-4, just north of Orlando, go west 3 miles, after passing over highway 434, turn left onto Magnolia Homes Road, and left into the parking area.