St Patrick’s Day seemed to be the perfect time to share this with you all. This little “in the middle of nowhere” quirky place in Lake Helen, Florida was a breath of fresh air. When you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, this is certainly a good place to start. We read about it online and it just seemed like an interesting place to check out.
When you get to the little parking area, it looks like there might not be a lot to the trail, but it is so full of unique things, you certainly need to take your time to enjoy it and take it all in.
The entrance is only a small portion of what’s in store. There are many different sections to this little trail. There is so much to see. When you visit, make sure you have time to take it all in. It’s called the Fairy Trail, but there’s everything from mermaids to unicorns mentioned.
There’s even a “See Rock City” sign that made its’ way down to Florida from Chattanooga, TN. For those of us who have been to Rock City, we know the meaning of this little part of touristy history. If you haven’t been there, we highly recommend it.
There are fairies on trees and gnome homes all over the ground. Some of them have been there since the beginning of the park (I’m guessing by the way they look), and some are fairly new.
We heard there were cats roaming freely but the only evidence we saw of that was their feeding station. Maybe they had decided to take a day away from people.
I personally liked the decorated lamp posts that were in a couple of areas. I also enjoyed the different decorations hanging from the trees as if to say, “Welcome to the Enchanted Forest”. And, of course, the camper village got a thumbs up from us.
Gnomes dominated the ground more than the fairies in the air. This is why you should look more than once; because there are so many, you could miss something on the first go round that will catch your eye on the second glace.
There were sections for different types of memories and memorials, from happy couples commemorating their love, to people memorializing their pets.
There were painted rocks. The usual thing to do with painted rocks is to pick them up and relocate them, but these had to stay put. There were things like craft jars that I’d look at and think, “I bet I could make those”.
Some of the Gnome Homes that were painted and designed incorporating the natural surroundings were quite good.
The butterflies that were scattered about were fun to look at. In the middle of it all is a Guest Book to sign. This was a little tricky to do, seeing how the book is standing up straight. I suppose that way, everyone’s writing looks like that of a child.
There’s even a magical Christmas section with a tree straight out of Whoville.
Several of the gnomes and other items have been there for quite awhile, but even though they may be old, they still have a sweetness about them.
You have to really look at all the details in the Gnome Villages; there’s so many little things to take in. Each one has their own little story going on.
There is random art scattered about the grounds, each with its own personality of the person who placed it there.
There’s a set of giant fairy wings that presents the perfect opportunity for taking selfies.
There were things like the wine bottle wind chimes that I really liked as well. That’s another thing I want to try my hand at in the future. Feel free to click on each picture to see all the tiny details. Each time I go back to look at them, I discover something I missed while walking through the trail.
There are benches, singular for your own meditation and reflection, or in a group for sitting and chatting with others.
There’s a labyrinth you can walk in if you have the time, but make sure you finish it. I’m not sure if there’s anything to it or not, but I’ve always heard if you don’t complete it, you’ll end up not being able to get out of it (continuing to go in circles).
All in all, it was worth the drive out to this little known park just to see the unique little fairies and gnomes along with others’ ideas of artful memorials. We hope you enjoy our pictorial of this little place called Horseshoe Park and Fairyland Trail. Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone.