Bourlay Historic Nature Park
This 88-acre park donated by Arthur “Buddy” Bourlay III in 1999, is an important part of Leesburg’s History. This property is the site of the first steamboat landing, the first Methodist service and was previously owned by the Lee family. Visitors not only can visit a “shot-gun” style Cracker House, but also go birding and view Lake Griffin from the lakeside trails. Thanks to our Sponsors – City of Leesburg, Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg Historical Society, Ford Press, and Alee Academy.
Staff is dedicated to managing the natural resources by encouraging native species and continually controlling exotic species on the property. Prescribed fire is carefully being introduced to the property as part of the plan for re-establishing natural communities. A native garden has been established adjacent to the parking area to encourage visitors to use native plants in their landscape and to attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees.
Hiking, Exercise stations, Off-road bicycling, Birdwatching, Picnicking, and Kayaking. Please contact the Water Authority office in Tavares for more information on renting kayaks.
Download and View the LCWA Kayak and Canoe Use Application
Download and View the Bourlay Historic Nature Park Brochure
Sites of Interest
Thomas Robertson Memorial, Methodist Plaque, “Shot-gun” style Cracker Home, Native Plant Garden, Chickee Hut