Map of Colt Creek State Park
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About Colt Creek State Park

Purchased in May 2006 and opened to the public in January 2007, this 5,067-acre park is nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve and named after one of the tributaries that flows through the property. Consisting mainly of pine flatwoods, cypress domes and open pastureland, this piece of pristine 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.

Recreational Opportunities

Bicycling

  • Bicycling is currently permitted only on unmarked dirt (service) roads.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

Camping (Youth)

  • Primitive youth camping is available at the park for organized youth groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Indian Guides, church youth groups and others. There are two sites available, both of which can accommodate up to 20 people. The camp is nestled in an oak hammock with a fair amount of shade and is designed for tents only, with the exception of one small supply trailer per group. Pets other than service animals are not permitted. The primitive camp has no running water or electricity, so please pack accordingly. There is a fee for camping. Contact the park for details at (863) 815-6761.

Equestrian Use

  • 12 miles of marked trails.
  • Riders are required to stay on marked trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

Fishing

Hiking

  • 12 miles of marked trails.
  • Trail maps available at kiosk.

Picnic Facilities

  • Picnic areas available throughout the park.

Wildlife Viewing

  • From January through December 2007, a monthly survey of birds and butterflies was conducted by the Lake Region Audubon Society and the North American Butterfly Association. At the end of the year-long survey, volunteers documented approximately 149 species of birds and 79 species of butterflies. Be sure to bring your binoculars along and pick up a checklist of birds and butterflies at the information kiosk.


 


Access and Parking

  • From US 98 south of Dade City, turn left on SR 471; park is 3.8 miles north on SR 471.
  • ADA access and facilities available.

Restrooms and Water

  • Accessible restrooms are available at the parking area.
  • Water available at main parking area.

Location

16 miles north of Lakeland just south of the Withlacoochee River off SR 471

For More Information

Colt Creek State Park, (863) 815-6761


Visit this Property

(This tract is part of the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve.)

Street Address

16000 SR 471
Lakeland, FL 33809
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Size

5,067 acres

Hours of Operation

  • Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

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Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida
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