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.

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. 

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, lakeshore, and much more on these incredible 1,267 acres of terrain during your Central Florida vacation.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Hiking and Birding at Circle B Bar Reserve

If biking, hiking, birding or picnicking strike your fancy, you’ve come to the right place. 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.

Another 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!)

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.

Address / Location

4399 Winter Lake Rd
Winter Haven, FL 33880
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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.

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4 Star Rating

The park is still recovering from Hurricane Irma, but most trails have re-opened. An excellent place to spot bald eagle, roseate spoonbill, many herons and egrets, and an abundance of alligators. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

We enjoyed watching so many species of birds on the Heron Hideout trail; our best bird-watching experience during our winter stay in Florida. There were great photo ops as the birds were so close to... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

We got there at Sunrise. Great place to walk plenty of birds and critters. Nice level gravel pathways. Nice nature pavilion with lot of information.. free admission free parking lot of wildlife... Read Full Review

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