Lakeland Highlands Scrub is a unique 551 acre conservation area is located atop the Lakeland Ridge at an elevation of 230 feet above sea level. Two trails (the 2.2 mile Tortoise Trail and 0.6 mile Shady Oak Trail) move hikers along open dry prairie, pine flatwood, oak hammock and basin swamp habitats. You’ll find sandy trails here, so running is not recommended.
Extend Your Hike
Walking through Lakeland Highlands Scrub takes you to a secondary entrance of Se7en Wetlands Park and can extend your hike for a few miles.
Preserving Nature for Future Generations
Polk’s Environmental Lands Program acquires, preserves, protects, manages and restores endangered and environmentally sensitive lands, water resources, and important wildlife habitats. Acquired properties are used for passive outdoor recreational purposes provided that such uses will not disturb or degrade the environmental quality for which the site was acquired.
Begin Your Adventure Here
Whether you’re planning a hike, attending an education class or exploring Polk’s Nature Discovery Center, you can explore what Polk County’s Environmental Lands have to offer here.