Even though Belleview is a town of less than ten-thousand people, it is hard to miss. A proud water tower stands with the city’s name emblazoned across it. On the edge of Belleview is the massive Lake Weir, with nearly nine miles of surface area. The lake is a great place to drop a line, paddleboard, or zip around on a jet-ski. The shore itself offers a beach as good as any in Florida, and there are lakeside restaurants and plenty of towering ancient cypress trees that offer shade on hot days.
Belleview is a town of traditions, to holiday displays on the lake, to a fall arts and crafts festival, to an annual Easter egg hunt; traditions take center stage. The town is just north of Ocala and has the amenities of a mid-size town while holding on to a small-town feel. There are dense pine flatwoods for hunting, hiking, and fishing. Once described as a “City of Oaks” Belleview has tree-lined shady streets which adds to the town’s charm.
Those who are fitness minded take to the Vortex mountain bike trail; it offers a winding, dipping, rising and curving boardwalk through the woods which challenges even the most experienced riders. Belleview is also home to the Florida Horse Park a 500-acre park with vast green fields and jumps for steeple chasing. It is one of the premier horse parks in the country and is often taken advantage of by the great many horse farms in the area. The Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area is a splendid example of Florida prairie and has observation boardwalks to take in the sweeping vistas. One can hike, bike, or canoe on the Ocklawaha River in the park; while seeing such wildlife as fox and alligators.
The most endearing thing about Belleview is the connection between people, everyone is a neighbor and no one a stranger. It is the strong sense of community that makes Belleview a truly remarkable town.
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