Polk County expanding ATV park, hopes to attract more visitors

By Stephanie Claytor, Reporter
Last Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1:02 PM EST

Polk County’s Bone Valley ATV Park is doubling its size, hoping to turn the park into a well-known Central Florida attraction. In the future, there are also plans to add a campground, so people can stay overnight.

  • Polk County to turn ATV park into well-known attraction
  • Park adding 300 acres to 200 acres
  • Color the Trail 5K held on Feb. 3

The park currently sits on 200 acres, south of Mulberry in a rural area off of County Road 630 and east of State Road 37.  It has a motor cross track, 15 trails, hill climbs, and practice areas.

On any weekend, families are there riding dirt bikes and all terrain vehicles.

The Veras, from Apollo Beach, bought their sons all terrain vehicles for Christmas and chose to take them there for their first ride.

“I think this is the best Christmas present I ever got,” said Koen Vera.

His mother, Rachel Vera, said she liked that most of the park’s trails were one-way, and that alcohol was prohibited. Riders are also required to wear helmets.

“We heard it’s a good place for beginners.  Since the boys don’t have that much experience, we decided to come out here since they have open riding and it’s a little safer for beginners,” Rachel Vera said.

Polk County Recreation Superintendent Derek Harpe believes that safety first motto has turned some riders away. He’s hoping the recent purchase of 300 acres will help the park break even. It’s been open for nearly three years. 

“We’ll eventually have a campground across the street so people can stay all weekend and ride. We’re going to plug in a couple more motocross tracks too across there. We’re going to have more trails,” Harpe said.

“It’s going to be exciting as we develop the additional 300 acres and provide more of what people are asking for. I think you’ll see this place grow immensely over the next two to three years.

Harpe also hopes to have ATV rentals available at the park by the fall. He said some of the new trails should be open by the end of the year.

The park is having a “Color the Trail" 5K on Feb. 3. Runners will get to ride in the park for free after the 5K.

Otherwise, the park charges a nominal entry fee.