Recreation & Sports
Circle B Bar Reserve
Recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Great Places to See Wildlife, Circle B Bar Reserve is one of Central Florida's best places to enjoy our great weather while birding, hiking or searching for alligators.
Circle B Bar Reserve has not always been a protected area. Cowboys once roamed this land when it was a functioning cattle ranch. Now Circle B Bar Reserve is home to rare nature and many species of wildlife that we are lucky enough to appreciate and experience at our leisure. Observe a hardwood swamp, freshwater marsh, lakeshore, and much more on these incredible 1,267 acres of terrain during your Central Florida vacation.
Hiking and Birding at Circle B Bar Reserve
If biking, hiking, birding or picnicking strike your fancy, you’ve come to the right place. This reserve offers something for every member of your group. And for the Instagram lovers reading this, don’t forget to bring your cameras and tag #visitcentralfl when you post. You will be eager to photograph Central Florida's beautiful scenery, plants and wildlife you encounter. Wildlife you can expect to see include wading alligators, birds, bald eagles, ducks, land birds, ospreys, boars and tons of butterflies.
Another way to enjoy the beautiful reserve is to sign up for a tram tour. Circle B Bar Reserve staff and volunteers offer free guided tram tours a few times each month. You can experience the local ecosystems on wheels rather than foot.
Polk Nature Discovery Center
One of the greatest features of this reserve is the Polk Nature Discovery Center. This educational building is the perfect place to start your adventure before trekking into the woods and an even more perfect spot to regroup and use the restrooms in the air-conditioning post-hike. Here, you are filled with information on Central Florida’s ecosystem with interactive exhibits that are sure to stimulate young minds (and adult minds, too!)
Trail maps and information are available from the knowledgeable volunteers that greet you at the front desk of the Discovery Center. These volunteers are excited to help and love to answer any questions you may have to ensure a special experience at the Circle B Bar Reserve.