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Colt Creek State Park Highlights Nature in Northern Polk

Published on Jun 11, 2021

Bartow, Fla. (June 11, 2021) — If you haven’t been out to explore Polk’s northern reaches, Colt Creek State Park needs to be on your list.

The park is off State Road 471, north of Lakeland, and includes more than 5,000 acres of native Central Florida habitat.

Colt Creek State Park is home to many native plants and animals. Some of those residents include bald eagles, white-tailed deer, alligators, otters, various birds and butterflies. The state park is also home to threatened species such as the gopher tortoise and the Sherman’s fox squirrel.

There are also more than 15 miles of multi-use trails, for hikers, bicyclists and equestrian riders. The trails take visitors through the pine flatwoods, near natural creeks and wetlands.

If hiking or biking isn’t your thing, take a shot at fishing from the lake's edge on the 75-foot accessible dock. Canoes and kayaks are also available to rent at the ranger station.

The park also offers several different kinds of camping experiences, including primitive campsites, an equestrian campground and a group campground. Pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis or may be reserved ahead of your special event.

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