Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland

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The Circle B Bar Reserve is an area of protected lands in Polk County, Florida. Comprising 1267acre at 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) near Lakeland, Florida, the area is managed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). It is jointly owned by the BOCC and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The park was purchased in 2000 for $7.4 million using funds provided by an environmental lands acquisition referendum approved by voters in 1994.
Polk's Nature Discovery Center, completed in 2008, features interactive displays about the plants, animals, and ecosystems of the reserve. The center serves as the focus of environmental education programs and explorations for families, school groups, teachers, adults, and other visitors. Construction began in 2007, consisting of four buildings totalling 16,000 square feet at a cost of $6.4 million.
Circle B Bar Reserve is named after the cattle ranch that once occupied the site. It was purchased to help maintain the Banana Creek marsh area. The preserve is home to an impressive array of birds such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes, and bald eagles along with other wildlife like alligators, bobcats, snakes, gray squirrels, river otters, and wild hogs. It underwent a wetland restoration effort.
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  • Great walking on tracks in wetlands, most of these paths are around 3 miles out and back, many birds, alligators, dragonflies to see. You can well scale length of the walk anc combine various tracks.  more »
  • What a nice park to visit with family. Trails are easy to navigate. Where else will you see alligators, turtles and birds in their natural habitats. Wheelchair visitors would need assistance on many t...  more »
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  • Tons of wildlife. Lovely trails. Great nature Discovery center, good little picnic pavilions, too. Recently went for a nature walk with kids and husband for a family day. Walked about 3 miles and it was great. Will definitely be going back.
  • Florida is a great place for birding, this is one of the best I have seen there. Very close encounters with various birds seen in the area. Lots of trails and lots of alligators as well! Winter/Spring is the best time to visit as temps remain low and you can hike the long trails available in the reserve. Also it has got an amazing nature center if you are with kids.

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