As one of Central Florida's best places to enjoy our great weather while birding, hiking or searching for alligators, Circle B offers six miles of trails throughout the 1,267-acre preserve.

Circle B Bar Reserve has not always been a protected area. Cowboys once roamed this land when it was a functioning cattle ranch. Now Circle B Bar Reserve is home to rare nature and many species of wildlife that we are lucky enough to appreciate and experience at our leisure. Observe a hardwood swamp, freshwater marsh, lake shore, and much more on these incredible 1,267 acres of terrain during your Central Florida vacation.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Great Place to See Wildlife

Recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Great Places to See Wildlife, Circle B Bar Reserve is one of Central Florida's best places to enjoy our great weather while birding, hiking or searching for alligators. 

Hiking and Cycling Trails

Nine hard-packed trails are great for hiking as well as gravel or mountain bikes. Trail maps and information are available from the knowledgeable volunteers that greet you at the front desk of the Discovery Center. These volunteers are excited to help and love to answer any questions you may have to ensure a special experience at the Circle B Bar Reserve.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Nature Photography

This reserve offers something for every member of your group. And for the Instagram lovers reading this, don’t forget to bring your cameras and tag #visitcentralfl when you post. You will be eager to photograph Central Florida's beautiful scenery, plants and wildlife you encounter. Wildlife you can expect to see include wading alligators, birds, bald eagles, ducks, land birds, ospreys, boars and tons of butterflies.

Tram Tours

A unique way to enjoy the beautiful reserve is to sign up for a tram tour. Circle B Bar Reserve staff and volunteers offer free guided tram tours a few times each month. You can experience the local ecosystems on wheels rather than foot.

Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve
Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve

Polk Nature Discovery Center

One of the greatest features of this reserve is the Polk Nature Discovery Center. This educational building is the perfect place to start your adventure before trekking into the woods and an even more perfect spot to regroup and use the restrooms in the air-conditioning post-hike. Here, you are filled with information on Central Florida’s ecosystem with interactive exhibits that are sure to stimulate young minds (and adult minds, too!)

Address / Location

4399 Winter Lake Rd
Winter Haven, FL 33803
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Contact Info

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863-668-4673

Hours of Operation

Open Daily Dawn - Dusk
Discovery Center: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Discovery Center: Sunday Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Trip Advisor Logo Reviews

4 Star Rating

This place could easily keep you busy and roaming around for a whole day. Lots to explore and see. It's free to park. The trails can be pretty rugged, so not the best for a stroller. So much wildlife... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

Amazing place! We got to see so much wildlife. The kids had so much fun. There are a lot of different length trails so it’s great for a short walk or complete them all for a long hike! Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

Today’s trip took us to Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland. It’s a great place for bird watching and alligator spotting. We even had a raccoon cross our path. There are a bunch of different trails... Read Full Review

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