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Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is a 13,530 acre property in Frostproof offering opportunities for long hiking excursions, equestrian trails and camping.

Arbuckle Tract covers 13,530 acres near Frostproof. As part of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, this area was purchased to protect numerous rare and endangered plants and animals.

Hiking and Fishing at Arbuckle Tract

Arbuckle Tract occupies a high ridge of ancient sand dunes and contains fast-disappearing pine and oak scrub, a habitat that is home to Florida scrub-jays and gopher tortoises. Lake Arbuckle adjoins the area, and fishing and canoeing may be enjoyed on the lake year-round. This Tract is a Great Florida Birding Trail site. Short-tailed hawks may be observed on the Paula Dockery Trail, and at Lake Arbuckle visitors will see wading birds, bald eagles, limpkins and ospreys.

  • Camping is permitted at designated sites.
  • Horseback riding is allowed most of the year on horse trails and certain roads within the WMA.
  • Dogs are allowed on Arbuckle WMA, with certain limitations.

Camping at Arbuckle Tract

Reedy Creek Campground

Reedy Creek Campground, located on the Arbuckle Tract, is open to the public year-round. Reedy Creek Campground has 8 campsites (7 can be reserved, 1 is walk-up). There are 5 primitive campsites along the Arbuckle Trail on the Arbuckle Tract available for camping reservations. For camping information and reservations, visit Reserve America or call 877-879-3859.

Lake Arbuckle Park and Campground

Lake Arbuckle Park and Campground is operated by Polk County Parks & Recreation. Call 863-635-2811 for details.


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