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State and County Parks are Open

By: Jessica Roberts

All State and County Parks in Polk County are open. It is time to get outside! Go hiking, running or cycling. Go on a horseback ride. BUT, and this is a big but, do so safely.

State Parks in Polk County

Polk County is home to 3 State Parks and we are happy to say they all are open for day use. Visitors are expected to maintain safe social distances of at least 6 feet apart and limit group size to 10 people.

Colt Creek State Park

Colt Creek State Park

Colt Creek State Park

Colt Creek State Park in north Lakeland is open for day use, 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Boat launch available. Restrooms and trash cans are available, all other park facilities are closed. Normal park fees apply.

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek State Park

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek State Park

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park in Haines City is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Park entrance is always free.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales is open for day use activities, 7:00 a.m. to sundown.  Restroom availability may be limited; all other park facilities are closed. Boat/kayak launch available. Normal park fees apply.

County Parks

Did you know Polk County, FL is larger than Rhode Island? Yep. We have plenty of ways for people to spread out at our 11 county parks. All of our parks, trails and campgrounds have reopened, including popular Circle B Bar Reserve. Below you’ll find a brief overview of each park. Go to polknature.com for all the details.

Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Lakeland

Circle B Bar Reserve – 6 miles of hiking and cycling trails. Some parts of Circle B Bar Reserve are shaded, some are not. Activities: hiking, running, cycling, photography, painting, birding, wildlife watching, wildflower viewing. This is a high traffic park so cyclist should expect to keep speeds low. Circle B is popular for alligator, eagle, osprey and red-shouldered hawk viewing. Visit polknature.com to see a full list of wildlife that can be viewed during a visit to Circle B Bar Reserve.

Gator Creek Reserve – 6.9 miles partially shaded hiking trails. 2.9 miles of partially shaded equestrian trails. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, wildflower viewing

Lakeland Highlands Scrub – 2.8 miles of moderate hiking trails with limited shade. This is a sandy trail, so cycling is not recommended. Some sections of the trail will be challenging for runners. Extend your hike by passing through the entrance gate of Se7en Wetlands Park. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, wildflower viewing

SUMICA

SUMICA

Lake Wales

SUMICA – 2.1 miles of hiking trails with no shade. 4.8 miles of equestrian trails with no shade. 2.2 miles of campsite trails with some shade. Activities: hiking, cycling, horseback riding, wildlife watching, wildflower viewing, primitive camping

North Walk-in-Water Creek – 1 miles of shaded trails. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, bank fishing, canoeing

Marshall Hampton Reserve

Marshall Hampton Reserve

Winter Haven

Marshall Hampton Reserve – 14.1 miles of hiking, running, cycling and horseback riding trails. Most sections of these trails are at least partially shaded. Marshall Hampton Reserve has a Winter Haven address, but it’s just a few miles east of Circle B Bar Reserve.

Crooked Lake Sandhill

Crooked Lake Sandhill

Babson Park

Crooked Lake Sandhill – 0.8 mile, partially shaded hiking trail. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, wildflower viewing

Crooked Lake Prairie – 2 miles of easy and moderate trails, some shaded. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, wildflower viewing

Haines City

Sherwood L. Stokes Preserve – 1 mile of easy, some shaded trails. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, butterfly watching

Frostproof

Hickory Lake Scrub – short, partially shaded walking trail. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, wildflower viewing

Fort Meade/Bartow

Peace River Hammock – 1.5 miles of moderate and shaded trials. Activities: hiking

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