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Sandy trail through scrub habitat at Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Lakeland Highlands Scrub protects the largest remaining contiguous tract of the historic Lakeland Ridge and is home to a small population of red-tailed hawks and palm warblers.

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.


Grass and sand covered trail leading to covered pavilion with seating. Past the pavilion is entrance to wooden boardwalk expanding over a lake at Se7en Wetlands Park in Mulberry, FL

Se7en Wetlands Park

1,600 acre area comprised of marshes, uplands and lakes offering more than 8 miles for hiking and running.

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2 people reading trail sign overlooking lake at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, FL

Circle B Bar Reserve

A prime destination for hiking, bird watching and cycling. Visit the Polk Nature Discovery Center and learn about Polk County’s…

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Trees and flowers at Hollis Garden in Lakeland, FL. Lake Morton in background of photo.

Hollis Garden

Located along the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror, this botanical display garden set in a neo-classical architectural environment is…

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