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hiking trail in the middle tree grouping on left and open pasture on right at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland, FL

Colt Creek State Park

​No matter the season, Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland offers activities such as hiking, kayaking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and more for outdoor enthusiasts on vacation in Central Florida.

Florida State Park in Lakeland

Colt Creek State Park covers a total of 5,067-acres and is centered in the heart of Central Florida’s Green Swamp Wilderness Area just north of the Withlacoochee River in Lakeland.

Visitors can hike or horseback ride on more than 12-miles of marked that meander through and around several of the park’s natural communities, including pine flatwoods, cypress domes and hardwood hammocks.

Natural Communities and Wildlife

A portion of the trail skirts the edge of pastureland, providing scenic vistas. This Central Florida State Park is home to three creek systems, three man-made lakes and many animal species including the American bald eagle, Sherman’s fox squirrel, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and bobcat.

Kayaking on Mac Lake

Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland is home to two lakes in which you can launch your own canoe or kayak. Don’t have one? Canoes and Kayaks can be rented from the ranger station and launched at Mac Lake. The first two hours are $8 then an additional $3 (plus tax) for every hour after.

Camping at Colt Creek State Park

Do you want to camp during your Central Florida vacation? Two primitive camps are located at different locations along the Flatwoods trail of Colt Creek State Park. These camps are only accessible by foot, horseback or mountain bike as they are two miles from the parking area. The campsites are pack in/pack out tent camps and do not have water, electricity or restrooms. A primitive group site is also available for organized groups, accommodating up to 60 people.

 

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