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By Man Power or Horse Power – Experience the Beautiful trails of Colt Creek Park

As John and I found out this week, there is much to explore at Colt Creek State Park. The Park has over 17 miles of trails and 5,000 acres of natural central Florida natural habitat. Though we were not up to walking the entire trail system, we certainly did enjoy a long hike on a gorgeous Florida Day.

Meandering trails through pine Flatwoods, with the beautiful natural views of creeks and lakes, can be enjoyed by hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.

Home to native residents such as bald eagles, alligators, otters, gopher tortoise, and the endangered Sherman fox squirrel, Colt Creek State Park provides visitors with opportunities to get a glimpse of wildlife in their natural environment.

150 species of birds have been identified at Colt Creek State Park and the park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Trail users have much to be on the lookout for and one should not overlook the beauty of the park’s native plant life, with its natural growing wildflowers and aquatic reeds.

Bring your horse for an enjoyable ride through these scenic trails. A horse trailer parking area is provided, along with a picnic area for riders and their horses.

Freshwater fishing, canoeing, and camping are also popular activities at Colt Creek State Park.

There are 3 freshwater lakes in the park where largemouth bass, bluegill, bream, shell cracker, and catfish can be caught from the banks. A fishing dock is provided at the Mac Lake day-use area, and the dock is wheelchair accessible.

There are two lakes in which a canoe or kayak can be launched. Either bring your own or rent one at the rangers station. The first two hours are $8, then an additional $3 (plus tax) for every hour after.

27 full-facility campsites with 30 and 50 amp hookups are available and Some sites can accommodate rigs up to 70′. The campsite grounds have restroom facilities, accessible bathhouse. A dump station is provided at the entrance to the campgrounds. Campsite fees are $24 per night, plus tax (and $6.70 non-refundable reservation fee)

For your convenience, click here to be re-directed to Reserve America, the official Florida State Parks campsite reservation website

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Picnic tables, grills, pavilions, and restrooms, are provided throughout the park, providing an opportunity for a great experience for families wishing to spend a day of outdoor fun and nature learning.

Colt Creek State Park is located at 16000 SR 471 in Lakeland FL and admission to the park is $4.00 per vehicle.

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