Colt Creek State Park in Florida is approximately 16 miles north of Lakeland in Florida. It is over 5,000 acres of hiking and is one of the newest hiking recreation areas acquired by the State of Florida Park Service. The hiking trails are in the middle of the Green Swamp a bit south of the Withlacoochee River.
Hiking here one can traverse through pine forests, open pastures, cypress domes, man made lakes, and creek areas. One will also see areas that have been subject to prescribed fire burns as one hikes here as the park services uses these burns to manage the fuel and minimize risk of uncontrolled fires.
The area was managed as a cattle ranch for over 60 years so some of the areas are very man made and you may be able to identify these as you hike. look at the lakes as most of these are man made. Throughout the hike you can enjoy seeing turkey, bald eagles, gopher tortoises, white tailed deer, bobcat, and wild turkey as you are hiking. Please be aware that in general these animals are scared of humans so many be difficult to see if you are not watching closely. You can bring your lunch as they have two separate picnic areas on the park and between the two areas there are a total of four pavilions. As you are hiking you can visit the fishing areas both benches and observation docks along the way. You can even enjoy primitive camping in this national park. There are restrooms in this Florida hiking, fishing, boating, kayaking, and camping area. They even periodically have events such as mud runs here for added fun. The mud runs are often held around December.
The park is located at 16000 State Road 471 in Lakeland and there is a fee to enter. As of October 2013 the fee was $4 per vehicle for up to 8 people and $2 per person for additional people in a vehicle, bicyclists, walkers, hikers, and people in a vehicle with a individual annual entrance pass.