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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.

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.

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Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Sandy trail through scrub habitat at Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Lakeland Highlands Scrub protects the largest remaining contiguous tract of the historic Lakeland Ridge and…

Address: 6998 Lakeland Highlands Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33813

Phone: 863-534-7377

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

Sandy hiking path showing elevation change at Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park in 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

Avon Park Air Force Range

Slightly elevated gravel road extending into tree lined area ahead at Avon Park Air Force Range near Frostproof, FL

106,000 acre active military training facility and recreation area south of Lake Wales. The Air…

Address: 29 S. Blvd
Avon Park , FL 33825

Phone: 863-452-4254

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

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 such as hiking,…

Address: 16000 FL-471
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 863-815-6761

Circle B Bar Reserve

2 people reading trail sign overlooking lake at 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

Tiger Creek Preserve

Tiger Creek Preserve

8 miles of well-marked trails through scrubby flatwoods, hardwood swamp and pine flatwoods.

Address: 674 Pfundstein Rd.
Babson Park, FL 33827

Phone: 863-635-7506

Lake Kissimmee State Park

male and female kayaking at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales, FL

Lake Kissimmee State Park is located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger and Rosalie,…

Address: 14248 Camp Mack Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: 407-624-5640

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…

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

Safari Wilderness

Knowledgeable tour guides will lead the way through 260-acres in custom safari vehicles, answering questions and helping you interact with…

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group on Alligator Cove Tours airboat tour in river near Lake Kissimmee

Alligator Cove Tours

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

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