Hiking Trails in Polk County, Florida

Hiking Trails in Polk County, FloridaPolk County, in central Florida, is home to many recreational opportunities. Historically the area was mainly farmland, which has since been turned to a series of parks and protected wetlands. Visitors will find an abundance of hiking trails spread throughout these parks with varying terrain. Other attractions in Polk County include Cypress Gardens Adventure Park and Bok Tower Gardens.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park is located between Lake Kissimmee and Lake Rosalie in Polk County, Florida. It features 13 miles of hiking trails that traverse several different terrains including pine forests, oak forest and freshwater marshes. A few trails also run along the shores of Lake Kissimmee and Lake Rosalie. The trails offer many wildlife-viewing opportunities with common sightings of whitetail deer, bald eagles and sand hill cranes. Terrain varies throughout the park and includes flat and hilly areas along with some wet areas. Other amenities include a modern campground, several picnic areas and boat launch along with a fishing pier and playground.

Colt Creek State Park

Colt Creek State Park is a 5,067-acre park with the Green Swamp Wilderness in Polk County, Florida. There are over 12 miles of hiking trails that traverse pine and cypress forests as well as pasture land. Common wildlife sightings include bald eagles, gopher tortoises and fox squirrel. Terrain is mostly flat and dry with a few wet areas near the lake and wetlands. Other amenities include an information kiosk, picnic pavilion and fishing lake.

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is offers two areas of hiking trails in central Polk County, Florida. The walk in the water tract is located two miles east of the town of Frostproof and has several trailheads around the perimeter of the park, as there is no entry except on foot. The Arbuckle Tract is located five miles south of the town of Frostproof and has a main entrance where the hiking trails are accessible from. Both tracts feature several miles of hiking trails through the native pine and oak forests. There are wildlife-viewing opportunities for whitetail deer, turkeys and bald eagles. Terrain is mostly flat and dry with a few areas of hills.

Article Written By Matthew Knight

Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.