Out There: Catfish Creek Preserve

By Grant Rice,
Last Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017, 11:40 AM EDT

Located in Polk County, the Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park covers 8,000 acres of scrub, sandhill and flatwoods land along the beautiful Lake Wales Ridge. This rugged terrain, sometimes referred to as Florida's desert, is home to numerous rare plant species along with several protected animal species including the Florida scrub-jays, gopher tortoises, bald eagles and the Florida scrub lizards.

This preserve represents one of Florida's oldest natural landscapes offering six miles of hiking trails, seven miles of equestrian trails, covered pavillions, fishing and superb wildlife viewing opportunities.

The park is open 365 days a year and there is no entrance fee required. Primitve camping is allowed at the preserve but there is a $5 fee and reservations must be made through the Lake Kissimmee State Park at (863) 696-1112.

The park entrance is located at 4335 Firetower Road in Haines City.

For more information about this park, vist their website.

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