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.

Park Details

Street Address

16000 SR 471
Lakeland, FL 33809
United States

Size
5067 Acres
Hours of Operation
Daily from 8 a.m. until sunset.

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term
Bicycling
Recreation Description
  • Bicycling is permitted on trails and roads.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
Recreation Term
Boating
Recreation Description
  • Small jon boats can be carried down to the water and launched.
  • Gas powered motors are prohibited; however, electric trolling motors may be used.
  • Canoes and kayaks may be rented from the park ranger station and launched at Mac Lake.
Recreation Term
Canoeing-Paddling
Recreation Description
  • Small jon boats can be carried down to the water and launched.
  • Gas powered motors are prohibited; however, electric trolling motors may be used.
  • Canoes and kayaks may be rented from the park ranger station and launched at Mac Lake.
Recreation Term
Camping
Recreation Description
  • Separate campgrounds available for equestrians, families, groups and primitive sites.
  • Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills.
  • A reservation is recommended. Contact park ranger station for more information, reservations and fees.
  • Family Campground - 30 RV/tent sites; electric and water available at sites.
  • Group Campground - Campsite is available for organized groups and can accommodate up to 60 people.
  • Primitive Campsites - These campsites are only accessible by foot, horseback or mountain bike.
Recreation Term
Equestrian
Recreation Description
  • 12 miles of designated or 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.
Recreation Term
Fishing
Recreation Description
Recreation Term
Hiking
Recreation Description
  • 24 miles of marked trails.
  • Mac Lake nature trail accessible.
  • Trail maps available at kiosk.
Recreation Term
Picnic Facilities
Recreation Description
  • Picnic areas available throughout the park.
  • Four pavilions at picnic areas accommodate 40—108 people. Three can be reserved in advance by calling the park. If not rented, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Fees apply.

Additional Information

Access and Parking
  • From US 98 south of Dade City, turn left on SR 471; park is 3.8 miles north on SR 471.
  • Accessible facilities available.
  • Fees apply.
  • Connecting walk-through, accessing Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Hampton Tract.
  • Approximately 28 miles of designated or marked multiuse trails.
Restrooms and Water

Accessible restrooms and water are available at the parking areas.

Dogs

Pets must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Owners are requested to pick up after dogs.

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