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 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 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 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.
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.
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 – 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 – 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 – 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
Sherwood L. Stokes Preserve – 1 mile of easy, some shaded trails. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, butterfly watching
Hickory Lake Scrub – short, partially shaded walking trail. Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, wildflower viewing
Peace River Hammock – 1.5 miles of moderate and shaded trials. Activities: hiking