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.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

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.

Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve
Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve

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.

Address / Location

Winter Lake Rd
Winter Haven, FL 33880
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Contact Info

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863-668-4673

Hours of Operation

Open Daily Dawn - Dusk
Discovery Center: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Discovery Center: Sunday Noon - 4:00 p.m.

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Reviews

5 Star Rating

Every.single.time. we visit my parents down in Lakeland we visit Circle B. While that may seem excessive, it isn't! We always are delighted to go! We always see alligators, and typically see... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

This outstanding county nature reserve has abundant hiking trails and an outstanding nature center. If wildlife viewing and hiking/walking are your likes, this is the place. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

I knew Lake Hancock was loaded with gators, but when we walked the pier we saw them everywhere. We also saw it seemed to be mating season. O e thing I would recommend is getting there early, for two... Read Full Review

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