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Hike with history at Bourlay Historic Nature Park

If you like history and hiking, Bourlay Historic Nature Park is for you. The original homestead of Leesburg founder Evander Lee is chock full of history.

And with several different trails and habitats to choose from, Bourlay Historic Nature Park is also for you if you just enjoy hiking.

This 88-acre wooded parcel of land sitting quietly on the southern shore of Lake Griffin was once part of the 160-acre tract settled in 1843 by Leesburg's first homesteader, Thomas Robertson. For the record, Evander Lee was the property's third owner. But for the past 100-plus years, the estate has belonged to another of Leesburg's pioneering families, the Bourlays.