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Polk County Walking Trails

This is Part IV (sort of…) of a list of great things to do that are free(!) or nearly there in the villa area. See Part I here, and Part II here.
Part III presents details on Osceola County Nature Trails.

You may think us boring, but one of the things we love to do is simply go for walks and explore any area we find ourselves in. Central Florida provides great opportunities to do this, with many incredible and fascinating places to take a leisurely (or even more difficult) stroll, and see sights, learn things, or simply relax. Enjoy this list of Polk County’s nearby Walking Paths. While the villas are located in Polk county, it is in the North East corner of the county, so some of these may be a bit of a jaunt away but are well worth the trip to reach them!

Banana Lake Park
5002 Tillery Road, Lakeland, FL 33812
Banana Lake Park is located in the West Central part of Lakeland. It sits on 10 acres of land. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • ADA Accessible Trails
  • Bank-Pier Fishing
  • Boat Launching Site
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Christina Park
    625 County Road 540-A, Lakeland, FL 33813
    Christina Park is located in South Lakeland. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    ADA Accessible Trails
    Baseball Fields
    Leagues
    Pavilion
    Picnic Shelter
    Picnic Tables
    Playground
    Restrooms
    Softball Fields

    Circle B Bar Reserve
    4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803
    Circle B Bar Reserve is located in the West Central part of Lakeland. It sits on 1,267 acre(s) of land. Its current hours of operations are from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    More Information about Circle B Bar Reserve
    ADA Accessible Trails
    Biking/Cycling
    Nature Center
    Picnic Shelter
    Picnic Tables
    Restrooms
    Walking Paths-Trails
    Wildlife Viewing

    Crooked Lake Prairie
    Crooked Lake Prairie, Babson Park, FL 33827
    Crooked Lake Prairie is located in the Southeast part of Lake Wales. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    More Information about Crooked Lake Prairie
    Bank-Pier Fishing
    Picnic Tables
    Walking Paths-Trails
    Wildlife Viewing

    Crooked Lake Sandhill
    Crooked Lake Prairie, Babson Park, FL 33827
    Crooked Lake Sandhill is located in the East Central part of Lake Wales. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    More Information about Crooked Lake Sandhill
    Picnic Tables
    Walking Paths-Trails
    Wildlife Viewing

    Fort Fraser Trail
    County Road 540 and U.S. 98, Lakeland, FL 33812
    Fort Fraser Trail is located in the West Central part of Bartow. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    ADA Accessible Trails
    Picnic Shelter
    Picnic Tables
    Restrooms
    Walking Paths/Trails

    Gator Creek Reserve
    9725 U.S. 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809
    Gator Creek Reserve is located in the West Central part of Lakeland. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    ADA Accessible Trails
    Biking/Cycling
    Picnic Shelter
    Picnic Tables
    Restrooms
    Walking Paths-Trails
    Wildlife Viewing

    Hickory Lake Scrub
    1658 Scenic Highway, Frostproof, Fl. 33843
    Hickory Lake Scrub is located in the Southeast part of Frostproof. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    More Information about Hickory Lake Scrub
    Walking Paths/Trails
    Wildlife Viewing

    Lake Blue Boat Park and Ramp
    N. Lake Blue Drive, Auburndale, FL 33823
    Lake Blue Boat Park and Ramp is located in the West Central part of Auburndale. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    ADA Accessible Trails
    Boat Ramp
    Bank/Pier Fishing
    Open Play Area
    Parking
    Picnic Tables
    Walking Paths/Trails

    Lake Gibson Park
    4901 Lake Gibson Park, Lakeland, FL 33809
    Lake Gibson Park is located in Northwest Lakeland. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Boat Launching Site
    Picnic Shelters
    Picnic Tables

    Lake Marion Creek/Stokes
    Travel about five miles east of Haines City on County Road 580 to Lake Marion Creek Road and turn east. Grassy parking area and entrance is on south side of road Haines City, FL 33844
    Lake Marion Creek/Stokes is in East Central part of Haines City/Lake Hamilton. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Picnic Shelter
    Picnic Tables
    Walking Paths-Trails
    Wildlife Viewing

    Lakeland Highlands Scrub
    6998 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, FL 33813
    Lakeland Highlands Scrub is in South Lakeland. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Biking / Cycling
    Picnic Shelters
    Walking Paths/Trails
    Picnic Tables
    Restrooms
    Wildlife Viewing

    Mosaic Peace River Park
    2200 County Road 640 (Homeland-Garfield Road), Bartow, FL 33830
    Formerly known as IMC-Agrico Peace River Park, Mosaic Peace River Park is located in the Southwest part of Homeland/Fort Meade. Its current hours of operations are from dawn to dusk.
    ADA Accessible Trails
    Bank-Pier Fishing
    Horseback Riding
    Pavilion
    Picnic Tables
    Picnic Shelter
    Restrooms
    Walking Paths-Trails
    Wildlife Viewing

    North Walk-in-Water Creek
    11695 State Road 60, Lake Wales, FL 33898
    North Walk-in-Water Creek is in West Central part of Lake Wales. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Bank-Pier Fishing
    Picnic Tables
    Walking Paths-Trails
    Wildlife Viewing

    Northeast Regional Park , (Close by!)
    50901 U.S. 27, Davenport, FL 33897
    Northeast Regional Park is located in the Northeast part of Four Corners. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    ADA Accessible Trails
    Adult Leagues
    Athletic Leagues
    Baseball Fields
    Basketball Courts
    Bank/Pier Fishing
    Boat Launching Site
    Football Fields
    Multipurpose Field
    Pavilion
    Picnic Shelters
    Picnic Tables
    Playground
    Racquetball Courts
    Restrooms
    Soccer
    Softball
    Tennis Courts
    Walking Paths/Trails

    Poinciana Community Park
    5109 Allegheny Road (intersection of Lake Hatchineha Road), Kissimmee, FL 32560
    Poinciana Community Park is located in the East Central part of Poinciana. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    ADA Accessible Trails
    Basketball Fields
    Dog Park
    Multi-purpose Fields
    Pavilion
    Picnic Shelters
    Playground
    Walking Paths/Trails
    Leagues

    Saddle Creek Park, Campground & Gun Range
    3716 Morgan Combee Road, Lakeland, FL 33801
    Saddle Creek Park, Campground & Gun Range is located in the West Central part of Lakeland. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Saddle Creek Campground Hours of Operation and Information: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Campground phone: (863) 413-2399, please call for availability
    Saddle Creek Gun Range Hours of Operation and Information:
    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (cease fire at 4:30 p.m.)
    Gun Range phone number: (863) 499-2613
    Polk County Parks & Recreation offers a commercial fishing license program at Saddle Creek Park.

    Baseball
    Boat Launching Site
    Camping
    Bank/Pier Fishing
    Open Space
    Picnic Shelters
    Picnic Tables
    Playground
    Restrooms
    Softball
    Walking Paths/Trails
    Wildlife Viewing
    Gun Range

    Snively-Brooks Park / Simmers – Young Park
    Winter Haven, Fl. 33880
    Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Multi-Purpose fields
    Picnic Shelters
    Picnic Tables
    Restrooms
    Softball
    Hiking

    Wahneta Park
    Wahneta, FL 33880
    Wahneta Park is located in the East Central part of Winter Haven. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Picnic Shelters
    Picnic Tables
    Restrooms
    Softball
    Tennis Court(s)
    Leagues

    Walker Road Park
    1285 Walker Road, Lakeland, FL 33810
    Walker Road Park is located in Northwest Lakeland. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Softball
    Multi-purpose Fields
    Walking Paths/Trails
    Picnic Tables
    Restrooms
    Playground

    This information comes from the Polk County county website which has detailed information on 20 Walking Paths and Trails.

    For more information on trails in the area, you can also visit Trail Link by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

    As you study this information and visit all of the links on this page, you’ll no doubt discover that there is just so much more to do and explore in central Florida than you can possibly do in a week or two. Plan on returning to Breezy Oak Villa soon so you can continue your adventure in the Heart of Florida!

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