POLK COUNTY, Fla. (June 29, 2018) – Polk County’s Environmental Lands program has closed a portion of Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve. The trail, from the intersection of Marsh Rabbit Run and Alligator Alley to the viewing platform in the marsh, is closed for safety reasons due to an alligator nesting season. Alligators often become territorial and protective of their nests and young during this time of year. A portion of Alligator Alley also remains closed.
Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division staff will monitor the situation and reopen the trail when it is determined to be safe for visitors.
Circle B Bar Reserve is a 1,267-acre Polk County and Southwest Florida Water Management District Environmental Land site located on the northwest shores of Lake Hancock. For a location map and additional information on Polk County Environmental lands, visit www.polknature.com.