BARTOW, Fla. (June 17, 2019) – Polk County’s Environmental Lands program has closed a portion of Alligator Alley and all of Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve 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. Visitors may still access the dock and Lake Hancock by hiking the Shady Oak trail to Alligator Alley.
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.