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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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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Astronomy Nights

Astronomy Nights

Peer into the mysteries of the universe. Come see the wonders of space like you’ve never seen them before. Marvel at the sights of the night sky and dare to imagine what is yet to be discovered. Join us for Astronomy Night              Saturday, December 16 2017, 7:00pm (held at the Blue Heron pavilion) All are welcome! Bring your own scope or binoculars or use ours. For more information, contact Cleve at astronaut.cleve@tampabay.rr.com or (863) 682-0348. Come an hour or so early; bring a picnic dinner and join us for some “getting to know you” time. Weather permuting, a solar telescope will be set up a couple of hours before sunset for your viewing pleasure. Park entry fee $4 per...

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Welcome to Colt Creek State Park!

Welcome to Colt Creek State Park!

Colt Creek State Park was purchased from the Overstreet Family in May of 2006. This 5,067 acre park nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Area and named after one of the tributaries that flows through the property was opened to the public on January 20, 2007. For over 60 years this property was managed as a cattle ranch by the Overstreets. Past activities on the land included beef cattle production, lime rock mining, timber harvesting and turpentining. Comprised mainly of pine flatwoods, cypress domes and open pasture land, this piece of natural Florida wilderness is home to many animal species including the American bald eagle, sherman’s fox squirrel, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and bobcat. The park offers numerous recreational opportunities including hiking, horseback riding (with your own horse), biking, picnicking and nature study. Two picnic areas with a total of four pavilions, two restrooms and a fishing/observation dock are available. Three of the pavilions are available for rental. Freshwater Fishing is also a popular activity. Visitors can fish either from the bank or a small boat such as a canoe, kayak or Jon boat. Gas powered motors are not permitted however electric trolling motors are. For overnight enthusiasts, both a primitive backpack camp and a primitive youth camp are...

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Wildlife

Wildlife

WILDLIFE VIEWING Photo by David White – Located within the boundaries of the Green Swamp, the park has become a popular wildlife viewing area. Species such as black bear, white-tail deer, bobcat, turkey, fox squirrel, raccoon, opossum and alligator make their home in the park and can sometimes be seen during the daylight hours. Please remember that it is not only against the law to feed wildlife in the park it is also unhealthy for...

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