Do the Black Friday Turkey Trek!

Do the Black Friday Turkey Trek!

Skip the Crowds!  Who needs to brave the mobs, shopping frenzy and general craziness at the stores?  Those specials will be there another day….so find your zen by coming to Colt Creek for its annual Turkey Trek. Walk off all those calories you ate on Thanksgiving, and prepare for your Christmas feast with a little exercise.  You’ll be able to pick the walk of your choice–short or long–thanks to our wonderful rangers.  All walks begin at...

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The Family Campground is Under Construction!

The Family Campground is Under Construction!

The official groundbreaking for the family campground was held on July 11, 2017, with many dignitaries from Tallahassee, the Park Service, and our local community.  The first phase will have 30 sites, including a few for tents.  We hope to have the campground finished and open by the end of 2017 OR early in 2018.  ...

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5th Annual “Get to Know Colt Creek State Park”–February 25, 2018 from 12pm-4pm

5th Annual “Get to Know Colt Creek State Park”–February 25, 2018 from 12pm-4pm

Save the date for the 5th Annual “Get to Know Colt Creek State” family friendly event sponsored by the Friends of Colt Creek State Park–February 25, 2018 from 12pm to 4pm. The day’s schedule includes: Tram Tours every hour starting at 12:15pm Guided “pony” rides by the Florida Sport Horse Club from 1:30-3:00 Photography hike at 2:00pm Geocaching starting at 1:30pm Ranger-led guided hikes at 1:00pm and 3:00pm Free hot dog lunch provided by The Friends of Colt Creek while relaxing and listening to music on the lawn from 12:30pm to 2:00pm And even more activities, such as: Alligator Encounter Butterfly Display and Education Owl Information Session by the Sierra Club, Ancient Islands Group Woodland Wonders, Animal Rehabilitation Nature in Action: Activities by Polk County’s Environmental Lands Program Fishing & Instruction by FFWCC Natural High Adventures Fishing Club Youth Contest Canoeing & Kayaking Polk County Waste & Recycling Education Florida Forest Service Fire Fighting Helicopter & Smokey the Bear K-9 Unit Demo by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Polk County Sheriff’s Office Children’s Crime Prevention Unit Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Trails To learn more about the park, visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/coltcreek or visit our page on Facebook Admission Price: $4 Per Vehicle (Standard State Park Admission Price) Colt Creek State Park, 16000 State Road 471, Lakeland, FL...

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Primitive Equestrian Campground

Primitive Equestrian Campground

The Park’s new primitive equestrian campground opened October 1 2015. The campground has 10 trailer sites available. Fees will be $5 per adult per night and $1 per child per night. Reservations can be made by calling the park at 863-815-6761.  Potable water and a port-o-let is available. This campground is within close proximity of the walk through to the Hampton Tract, that the park and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) collaborated upon to provide additional trail riding opportunities to those equestrian riding at the park. Total trail miles they can ride from the park is now over 30 miles to...

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Colt Creek State Park T-Shirts For Sale

Colt Creek State Park T-Shirts For Sale

If you would like to purchase a Colt Creek T-Shirt, stop by the Ranger’s Station during your next visit to the park.  Or email us at:  ccspfriends@gmail.com    ...

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No lions or tigers, but we do have bears!

No lions or tigers, but we do have bears!

Colt Creek Extra – every once in a while a wildlife photographer ends up in the “right place at the right time.”   Such was the case early one morning in June, at about 7:45 a.m.,  when our own Dave White was driving back from his ride to the interior of the Park and coming up to the Park pavilion. As he approached, he spied a black object moving towards the pavilion coming from the tree line to the left. So, he stopped and snapped a couple of shots before the “bear” went out of sight behind the pavilion. Next, he drove slowly into the parking lot and spied the bear just crossing the walkway to the dock. As the bear saw Dave’s truck, it turned and headed for the trees again as Dave snapped away. This would certainly qualify as the right place at the right...

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