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Sandy hiking trail at Walk-In-The-Water Wildlife Management Area

Walk-In-The-Water Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

6,000 acre property in Frostproof offers opportunities for long hiking excursions, equestrian trails and camping.

Walk-in-the-Water Wildlife Management Area (WMA) includes over 6,000 acres of land on CR 630, 2 miles east of Frostproof. Walk-in-the-Water is part of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. This WMA protects scrub and sandhill communities, which are home to rare plants and animals.

The trail leading from the entrance at King Trail Gate is a good place to see Florida scrub-jays, and some visitors may be fortunate enough to see short-tailed hawks. The area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

This area contains two hiking trails that include Big Bay Trail and Scrub Jay Trail. Both may be accessed from trail heads with parking areas off of County Road 630 East.

  • Camping is permitted at designated sites.
  • Horseback riding is allowed most of the year on certain roads and horse trails within the WMA.
  • Dogs are allowed on Walk-in-the-Water WMA, with certain limitations.


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