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  • Writer's pictureMark Lester

Circle B Bar Reserve: A Hidden Gem

Overdosed on theme parks? Well add this place to your "must visit" list.

. The Circle B Bar Reserve is an area of protected lands in Polk County, Florida. Comprising 1,267 acres at 4399 Winter Lake Road near Lakeland, it is managed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, which co-owns it with the Southwest Florida Water Management District

Circle B Bar Reserve offers peaceful nature trails........ along with bird and gator spotting. Unusually for those staying in central Florida it's FREE to visit! It place to visit.

You WILL see alligators. We can’t promise you’ll see the massive we saw on our recent visit, but we're pretty sure you'll see plenty of others!

It’s a paradise for wildlife. Egrets, herons, woodpeckers, ibis, and dozens of other birds were spotted during our recent visits. Circle B is also known for eagles, armadillos, bobcats, and otters, to name just a few.

It’s great fo photography. Visitors with fancy cameras and even tripods are commonplace at Circle B Bar Reserve.

REMEMBER: THIS IS NOT A ZOO...IT IS A REAL WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE not molest/feed or torment the gators. They will peacefully mind their own business unless agitated.


That being said, stick to the designated trails and you'll be safe and have a wonderful experience.

For more info and directions, visit the official website

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