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Colt Creek State Park
16000 SR 471, Lakeland, Florida 33809

This State Park north of Lakeland offers over 12 miles of beautiful, multi-use trails which make for great horse-back riding, hiking and biking opportunities. These trails meander through the pine flatwoods around cypress domes, bottomland forest and past open pastures.

While out on the trails you may come across some native wildlife including Bald Eagle, Eastern Bluebird, White-tailed Deer, Bobcat, River Otter and Sherman’s Fox Squirrel. During a year-long survey for birds and butterflies in 2007, 150 bird species and 79 butterfly species were observed. So be sure to bring a camera along with you because you never know what you might see!

A primitive group camping area for organized youth groups is available as well as primitive back-pack camps. Reservations are required.

Fishing is available at the three lakes between the two day use areas. Some of the species anglers might catch include catfish, sunshine bass, bream, bluegill, shell-cracker and largemouth bass. Visitors may bank fish or use the fishing pier which extends 75 feet out into Mac Lake. Small boats may be hand launched but gas propelled motors are prohibited.

Polk's Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center sits on one of Polk County’s treasured Environmental Areas, Circle B Bar Reserve. The center not only offers outdoor educational opportunities, but chances to learn about our surrounding local environment in an indoor setting. We encourage you to stop in for an educational experience before you hit the trails, which will have you coming back for more.

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