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 including 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 5,067-acres and is in the heart of Central Florida’s Green Swamp Wilderness Area, which is just north of the Withlacoochee River in Lakeland.

Visitors can hike or horseback ride on more than 12-miles of marked trails through pine flatwoods, cypress domes, and hardwood hammocks. Trails may be sandy or wet, so wear hiking shoes. Most importantly, bring sunscreen, a hat, water and insect repellent.

What You’ll See

Colt Creek is home to 3 creek systems, 3 man-made lakes, and many animal species, including:

  • American bald eagle
  • Alligator
  • Wading birds
  • Sherman’s fox squirrel
  • Gopher tortoise
  • White-tailed deer
  • Wild turkey
  • Bobcat

tent and RV campground at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland FL

Camping at Colt Creek State Park

RV and Tent Camping

This State Park has 27 full-facility campsites and 6 tent only sites nestled in the pine flatwoods.

  • Each site has 30 and 50 amp hookups
  • Some sites can accommodate rigs up to 70′
  • Dump station and bathhouse onsite

Equestrian Camping

The equestrian campground is a primitive campground that has 10 sites that will accommodate horse trailers.

  • No amenities at the site except a port-o-let
  • Pack all supplies in and out
  • Dumpster is available at the ranger station

Primitive Camping

Two primitive camps are located at different locations along the Flatwoods trail. These camps are only accessible by foot, horseback or mountain bike.

  • Pack in/pack out tent camps
  • No water, electricity or restrooms
  • Nearest camp is 2 miles from the parking area


The park has 2 lakes for canoes and kayaks. If you don’t have your own, then rent them at the ranger station on Mac Lake.


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