4872 Indian Oak Dr.
Located in west-central Polk County, the Alafia River Reserve was purchased jointly by Polk County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The 334-acre reserve was acquired to preserve the natural wetlands and uplands along the upper corridor of the Alafia River.
Wading birds and amphibians that require seasonally-flooded areas free of predators to complete their life cycles call the Alafia River Reserve home. Forested hardwood wetlands are the primary natural community, and common trees include sweet gum, laurel oak, ironwood, hickory, sabal palms and bay. Ground cover is sparse due to extended periods of flooding. Visitors may hike and picnic on these lands.