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New Year's in Nature at Circle B Bar Reserve


Published on Dec 10, 2019


Start 2020 off on the right foot - and then the left - at the annual "Here’s to Your Health Hike" on New Year's Day at Circle B Bar Reserve.

Join County Commissioner George Lindsey at 9 a.m. for a hike around Circle B. The hike begins at Polk’s Nature Discovery Center and meanders along roughly 2 1/2 miles of beautiful trails. Polk County Parks & Natural Resources staff and volunteers will be stationed along the trail to talk about the reserve’s wildlife and restoration.

Participants will hike through the oak hammock of Circle B and along the shoreline of Lake Hancock on the Alligator Alley trail.

Along the hike, visitors will be able to explore a variety of habitats including oak hammock, freshwater marsh, hardwood swamp and lakeshore. There is also a tremendous bird population, including a variety of wading birds, waterfowl, ospreys and bald eagles.

Following the hike, take some time out to explore the Nature Discovery Center. Inside visitors can experience a variety of hands-on exhibits, the Exploration Lab, Land through Time Theater, or the Expedition Room.

The Nature Discovery Center also serves as the hub to disseminate information about Polk County's Environmental Lands. So please before you leave Circle B Bar Reserve, stop by the visitors' desk for a more information about Polk County's Environmental Lands Program.

For more information, call (863) 668-4673. Circle B Bar Reserve is at 4399 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland.