Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Resources for Travelers
Circle B Bar Reserve

Nature & Hiking

Trails for Hiking, Cycling & Runnig

Central Florida’s unlimited natural beauty is yours to discover. Explore ancient islands that provide refuge for rare plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Our beautiful city, county and state parks in Central Florida offer you a wide range of distinctive opportunities to soak up some sun during your next Florida vacation.

Plan A Trip

Diverse Natural Communities

Polk County is larger than Rhode Island, which means we are large enough to have many different ecosystems and landscapes. Polk County is a place where in the span of only a few miles you can go from a freshwater marsh on the shores of a lake, to a desert-like scrub habitat complete with prickly pear cactus.

Some of the more distinct natural features to explore in Polk County include Lake Wales Ridge, Floodplain Swamps, Wet Prairie, and Scrubby Flatwoods.

State Parks in Central Florida

Follow blazed trails through our unique landscape at Colt Creek State Park, Lake Kissimmee State Park, or Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park. All together, these three state parks in Central Florida have over 31-miles of hiking and equestrian trails to explore. Arbuckle WMA and Walk-in-the-Water WMA in the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest has 12.2-miles of equestrian trails and more than 50-miles of hiking trails combined.

County Parks & Reserves

Whether you are interested in seeing ancient beach sand dunes, unique plants and animals, or looking to explore the Green Swamp with its majestic cypress domes, Polk County’s Environmental Lands Program offers visitors many ways to discover Florida’s true nature. The County’s nine parks and reserves include SUMICA, Lakeland Highlands Scrub and Crooked Lake Prairie.

Polk County’s most popular outdoor area is Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland. In 2011, USA Today named Circle B Bar Reserve on of “51 Great Places to See Wildlife.” Circle B, a 1,267-acre reserve, is popular for birding and alligator watching.

Read More

Colt Creek State Park

hiking trail in the middle tree grouping on left and open pasture on right at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland, FL

​No matter the season, Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland offers activities including hiking, kayaking,…

Address: 16000 FL-471
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 863-815-6761

Circle B Bar Reserve

Hiking Trail, Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, FL

A prime destination for hiking, bird watching and cycling. Visit the Polk Nature Discovery Center…

Address: 4399 Winter Lake Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-668-4673

Walk-In-The-Water Wildlife Management Area

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

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

Address: State Hwy. 630 E., 6 Miles east of U.S. Hwy 27
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: 863-635-8589

Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

Sandy access road at Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area in Frostproof, FL

Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is a 13,530 acre property in Frostproof…

Address: Lake Arbuckle Rd. & Rucks Dairy Rd.
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: (863) 589-0545

East Tract at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve

Pine covered path through East Tract at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve in Lakeland, FL

East Tract in North Lakeland offers 33 miles of trails for hiking, cycling and birding.…

Address: Entrance at intersection of Rock Ridge Rd. and Dean Still Rd
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 863-648-3200

KICCO Wildlife Management Area

KICCO Wildlife Management Area

KICCO, adjacent to River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, features 13 miles of sandy, dirt trails…

Address: 25699 S.R. 60
River Ranch, FL 33867

Phone: 800-250-4250

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park, Haines City, FL

State Park in Haines City featuring long, sugar sand trails along the Lake Wales Ridge.

Address: 4335 Firetower Rd
Haines City, FL 33884

Phone: 863-696-1112

SUMICA

Trees and scrub along hiking trail at SUMICA in Lake Wales, FL

At SUMICA, a 4,031 acre widlerness preserve, vistors can expect to see Florida wild turkey,…

Address: 14020 Hwy. 60 E
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: 863-534-7377

Pine Ridge Nature Preserve at Bok Tower Gardens

Nature trail through scrub and trees at Pine Ridge Nature Preserve. Carillon Tower in the distance at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL

This nature trail can be accessed near the entrance of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake…

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33847

Phone: 863-676-1408

LEARN & DISCOVER

Carillon Tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Bok Tower Gardens

Historic Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, features two hiking trails, 50 acres of gardens, the 20-room Pinewood Estate…

See Details
Family of 3 in a safari vehicle looking at zebras at Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakeland, FL

Safari Wilderness Ranch

Knowledgeable tour guides at Safari Wilderness Ranch will lead the way through 260-acres in custom safari vehicles, answering questions and…

See Details
Alligator Cove Tours

Alligator Cove Tours

Captain Andy of Alligator Cove Tours at Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Lodge, Marina & RV Resort in Lake Wales…

See Details
water ripples used as email signup background

Subscribe to

EMAIL LIST

Join our email list and stay up to date with all the great things happening in Florida’s Sweetest Spot.