Fort Cooper State Park

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This state park was once home to Fort Cooper during the Second Seminole War. Nothing of the fort remains apart from some archaeological finds, but at least one staff member thinks the spirit of an Indian chief still lingers. There aren’t many sightings – most people just “feel” his presence around the gift shop and ranger offices. He does, however, have a tendency to get a bit ornery whenever a controlled burn is lit within the park – there is a picture hanging on the wall that one ranger swears always tilts to one side, on its own, whenever a fire is lit.

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Geographic Information

Address:
3100 S Old Floral City Rd
Inverness, FL 34450
United States

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GPS:
28.815653655289708, -82.30433195829391
County:
Citrus County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Inverness, FL (2.1 mi.)
Inverness Highlands South, FL (2.2 mi.)
Floral City, FL (4.6 mi.)
Inverness Highlands North, FL (5.5 mi.)
Hernando, FL (7.2 mi.)
Citrus Hills, FL (9.2 mi.)
Istachatta, FL (10.9 mi.)
Lecanto, FL (11.4 mi.)
Beverly Hills, FL (11.6 mi.)
Nobleton, FL (12.0 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortcooper/

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  1. Not sure why this Chief would be upset about controlled burns. Native Americans knew, understood the importance and did controlled burns in all states.

  2. When I was in high school, myself and a few friends parked our car outside the entrance to this park late at night, about 1 in the morning. We had heard stories and wanted to check it out. after sitting there for about 10 minutes, we heard this groaning sound. We all heard it. The best way I can describe it is it sounded like someone who was injured and in a lot of pain groaning or moaning loudly. The noise kept getting closer and closer until it sounded like it was in the car with us. It scared us all so bad that we sped off and have not been back since.

  3. I rode the bike trail into fort cooper, I’m such a history buff that when I’m in a place of a known war I try to put myself in the shoes of the men who once served their. I’ve visited many sites in my life but this was one that kind of made me think really hard about going into a person’s space without asking. As I rode my bike into the park from the back side I was just in all with what had happened in this blood soaked land. I then peddled towards the back side of the lake and towards the fort when a man came to me and said why are you here and what is it that you seek. Thrown off I said I seek nothing I’m just trying to understand this place, the man said with a low painful but sad voice, this is a place that has many of unknown understandings. I asked the gentleman if he was OK and if he lived around the area, the long haired man took a look straight into my eyes and said where I live no white man will ever know nor understand, at this very moment I became very overwhelmed as if my whole world was torn out from under me. I literally broke down and started balling my eyes out and in the back of my mind I didn’t know why I was crying, the next thing I know I was on my knees looking up and the gentleman I had been talking to was gone. Still in thought of loss I got up and looked around yelling for the gentleman. I didn’t have a name and to be honest it never once crossed my mind to ask what his name was. But know I’m yelling for this man thinking I’m going completely insane and as I’m yelling something told me to look towards the water and when I did I saw the man he had an odd type hat on with a red feather and Sandy white garments And a look of lose in his eyes. It was then in a few seconds he literally turned into a misty haze and vanished. I literally snapped back as if a loss in time just caught up to me and got on my bike and peddled so hard to get out of their, but as I approached the bike trail I had that feeling of remorse come over me again and even with everything that had just happened and as shaken up as I was not to mention in straight up fear, I stopped at the entrance of the park by the bike trail literally got off my bike and said thank you for allowing me to have your time. Then I peddled my butt off and have never went back. Sometimes looking back on that experience I sometimes wonder if I could have maybe took things differently. Whatever it maybe I hope I have not offended anyone that still remains at that fort site today. However I do hope that that gentleman realizes that the ear is over and finds his way home. God bless those who fought and died on that sacred ground. May they finally rest in peace. Amen.

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