Fort Cooper State Park

This historic and archaeological site park is named for Major Mark Anthony Cooper, commander of 380 First Georgia Battalion Volunteers during the Second Seminole War. It is a 710-acre historic site in Inverness, Florida, which was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places on June 13, 1972.



The Fort Cooper Seminole Heritage Trail is a project of The Friends of Fort Cooper, with the financial assistance from the Friends of Florida Parks, Inc. The goal of the Trail is to significantly increase the educational component of the Seminole Indian history related to the local area by establishing a series of interpretive stations located throughout Fort Cooper State Park. 

The Fort Cooper Seminole Heritage Trail outlines Florida Seminole lifestyle and culture in the Cove of the Withlacoochee Region. It consists of a series of environmentally friendly and durable interpretive stations that include multiple kiosks and signs strategically located throughout the Park along currently maintained pathways. Visitors are able to study a single panel to learn a segment of Seminole history or upon completing the entire trail will gain an extensive overview of Seminole life. As the trail nears the Fort Site it includes information about Treaties, Indian warriors, chiefs and leaders of the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).

The park’s diverse natural areas provide a refuge for many plants and animals. The inland woods feature hammocks of hickory, oak, magnolia and sweet gum. Beyond is the sandhill community — a dry, open forest of longleaf pines and turkey oaks. Sightings of deer, turkey, opossum and bobcat are common. Owls, herons and cardinals are frequently seen.


3100 South Old Floral City Road
Inverness, FL 34450
PHONE: (352) 726-0315
HOURS: Open 8:00am until sunset, 365 days a year.


page information credit: Florida State Parks, Friends of Fort Cooper, Hernando Sun,
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