An active lifestyle is a must for many South Lake residents. Home to some of the premier athletic training facilities in the world, our community is not only full of sports lovers but world class athletes as well.
It’s clear to see that health and wellness are a big part of our community.
South Lake County is home to one of the most beautiful lakes systems in the country. The Clermont Chain of Lakes is made up of thousands of acres of lakes and canals and offers amazing scenery and impeccable recreation. Part of the eco-chain that includes the Harris Chain of Lakes and the famed St. John’s River, the Clermont Chain of Lakes is like no other.
South Lake County’s waterfront hosts a variety of great events. You will find professional ski competitions, triathlons, wakeboard contests, and bass fishing tournaments. Bird watchers and nature lovers take advantage of the beauty and sport of the water. Participants include passionate hobbyists and dedicated professionals alike. The nationally renowned Swiss Ski School makes its home right here. And world records have even been set on our waters! Our name says it all—life on the water is what South Lake is all about.Cycling
If you enjoy cycling then your tour starts and stops in South Lake. Our beautiful hills and scenic byways offer some of the most breathtaking rides around. Whether a novice or an expert rider, South Lake offers you a challenging, scenic course. Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point on Florida’s peninsula, is a great challenge to visiting athletes. Area specialty shops offer cycling gear for everyone from professional competitors to weekend warriors.
Cyclists can also ride along one of Florida’s longest and most enjoyable rail-to-trail bike paths. The South Lake/Lake Minneola Scenic Trail passes by miles of waterfront, hills and natural beauty. Linked with the West Orange Trail, the paved pathway stretches 31.5 miles along an ever-changing course from South Lake and West Orange Counties. Pass Lake Apopka, citrus scenery, small towns and nice restaurants along this relaxed tour.
Parks & Trails
One of South Lake’s natural wonders is Lake Louisa State Park. Boasting 4,500 acres of hills, lakes and picturesque landscapes, Lake Louisa State Park provides everyone an opportunity to see Florida’s nature at its best. You can easily fill a day at the park, which has more than 15 miles of equestrian trails, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and enjoyable picnic areas. Interested in an overnight stay? Go rustic or stay cool with the available campsites or cabins. For hikers and backpackers, the park has over 20 miles of trails with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. Lake Louisa State Park is just one of the many “gems” in the South Lake community.
For a great ride through old Florida, try the Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail. The Van Fleet Trail is part of the Statewide System of Greenways and Trails and runs through Lake, Polk and Sumter Counties. Its 29.2 miles stretch through the Green Swamp and offers great views of Florida’s citrus history.
Our area has a great deal to offer the equestrian enthusiast as well. Home to Montverde Academy’s three-time world champion equestrian team and an hour south of Ocala, the horse capital of the U.S., you will find yourself in a champion riding environment. South Lake’s miles of equestrian trails and great facilities are just a few of the draws that bring equestrian enthusiasts from around the world.
Sports and terrain come together in the triathlon. The beautiful hills, lakes and scenic byways have made South Lake known as the triathlon capital of the U.S. We are the headquarters of the National Training Center and Sommer Sports, making South Lake the epicenter of high-intensity training. The National Training Center features a full campus of training and recreational facilities for world-class athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. Sommer Sports has organized nationally recognized triathlons and athletic events for more than 25 years. South Lake clearly offers a complete package for total-body health and wellness.