Florida's cowboy heritage comes alive at Lake Kissimmee State Park with living history demonstrations of the early Florida "cow hunters" in an 1876-era cow camp. The cow camp -- open only on weekends and holidays -- includes Florida Cracker cattle, descendants of the Spanish cattle brought to Florida by early explorers. The rest of the park is well worth exploring too. The campground is top-notch and well-shaded; sites are spaced comfortably and secluded. When I last camped there a few years ago, I was welcomed to the campground by white-tail deer who trotted through my campsite just before breakfast. It was very quiet and an awesome sight. Besides the deer, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, wild turkeys and bobcats have been seen in the park, which is located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger, and Rosalie. Birds are everywhere. Bring all your toys, including your bikes, boat, canoe or kayak. The three lakes offer a continuous canoe trail that extends for many miles, and the fishing is fantastic. I paddled my canoe from lake to lake, casting my fly rod and retrieving more than my fair share of bass (which I returned to the lake, of course!) When I wasn't fishing, I was bike-riding through the park and on adjacent rural roads, where, just a few miles away, I found a quaint little fish camp with a weekly bar-b-que that was open to the public. At night, the stars are bright, untouched by city lights. -- Bob Rountree Where is it? Off State Road 60, 15 miles east of Lake Wales. See more information on the state parks website.