Bartow, Fla. (October 6, 2017) — Panther Point Trail has reopened. This five mile trail (one way in and one way out) that is accessed via the Marshall Hampton Reserve on Thornhill Road has been closed since Hurricane Irma. County crews have cleared the fallen trees off the trail and it now open for public use.
Many Polk County parks and natural areas received some level of damage and flooding as a result of Hurricane Irma. Staff is diligently working to repair these issues and has made significant progress. As a result, most facilities are once again open to the public. While these facilities may be open, we ask for your patience as Polk County continues to make repairs and address delayed maintenance due to staff being temporarily diverted to other hurricane duties.
Many of the open trails still contain water in low lying areas so wear appropriate footwear.
Unfortunately, several of Polk County parks and natural areas sustained substantial damage and work is still underway to repair these properties. These areas that remain closed include Circle B Bar Reserve, Lake Arbuckle Campground and Boat Ramp, Lake Weohyakapka Boat Ramp, Peace River Hammock and Gator Creek Reserve.
Polk County will diligently work to open these as soon as they are safe.