Looking to explore one of the newest state parks in Florida? Officially opened in 2007, Colt Creek State Park is a beautiful RV destination that offers great year round recreational activities and fantastic RV camping facilities. The park is located in Polk County and is made up of 5,067 acres that is nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Area. The land used to form the park was donated in 2006 by the Overstreet family who had previously used it as a cattle ranch for over 60 years.
Prior to being a cattle ranch the land was used for a number of different activities, including lime rock mining, citrus production, turpentining and timber harvesting. The land is mostly made up of open pastures, pine flatwoods and cypress domes. This makes it an amazing wilderness area for many different animal species, such as the American bald eagle, gopher tortoise and bobcat.
Recreational activities in Colt Creek State Park are in abundance, with fishing, hiking, and biking being the most popular. The camping facilities are very modern and feature 24 powered sites that offer 50 amp connections and are pet friendly. The park is open all year round and peak season is during the summer months.
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Transportation in Colt Creek State Park
Getting to Colt Creek State Park is fairly easy as the park is located in central Florida. You can only access the park via FL-471 which runs alongside the western boundary of the park. This road is very straight and will be very easy to navigate. On both sides of the road is wilderness so you won't be able to make any wrong turns once turn onto it from US 98 North or FL-50. Since the park is located in central Florida there are some cities located close by. Lakeland is around 20 miles away, Tampa is around 40 and Orlando is around 65. You can also find smaller towns closer to the park, with Zephyrhills, Dade City and Crystal Springs all being under 20 miles drive.
When driving to the park the roads approaching should be easy to drive and navigate with little to no obstacles. Once you enter the park the drive to the campground will be mostly paved, but there will be an area that just has compacted dirt. Note that none of the campground road is paved either, but unless there has been heavy rainfall this shouldn't be a problem.
There is plenty of parking available at Colt Creek State Park.
Unfortunately there are no public transport options that will take you to Colt Creek State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Colt Creek State Park
Campsites in Colt Creek State Park
Colt Creek State Park Campgrounds
The campgrounds in Colt Creek State Park are some of the newest facilities available in the United States. Opened in 2018, the small but amenity rich campground has received rave reviews from those who have visited. Each of the 24 RV suitable sites come equipped with a 50 amp electric connection, picnic table and fire ring. All of the sites are large and compacted with pea gravel to make them dead level. Other amenities in the park include bathhouse with hot showers, dump station and also some ADA accessible sites.
There is little tree cover in the campground, so you should be able to receive cell phone reception and satellite TV reception. If you are looking for a site that has the most privacy available we recommend staying at site 12.
Colt Creek State Park Campgrounds are open for reservations up to 11 months in advance and should be made at least one day prior to arrival.
Seasonal activities in Colt Creek State Park
While there are no swimming facilities at Colt Creek State Park, freshwater bank fishing is available at three separate lakes in the park. You can also access a fishing dock at the Mac Lake day use area and it caters for those who mobility assistance devices from the parking lot. The lakes range in size from 2-25 acres and have a depth variance from 12 to 50 feet.
Common species found in the waters include largemouth bass, bluegill, shell cracker, bream, and catfish. Canoes, kayaks and small boats can be carried down to the water and hand launched but no gas powered boats are allowed.
Out of the three lakes at Colt Creek State Park, two of them are suitable for boating. Located at Mac and Middle Lakes, there is a boat ramp that is suitable for small boats, such as canoes, gheenoes, kayaks and jon boats. If you don't have a canoe or kayak they are available for rent from the park ranger station and can also be launched at Mac Lake. If you do plan to hire one it must be returned one hour before sunset.
Love to ride? Colt Creek State Park has over 12 miles of suitable trails that are accessible for bikes. The terrain of the trails very, but most of them are hard packed and grass covered. You can expect to find some areas that are made up of soft sand or are muddy, so mountain bikes are the recommended bike of choice. All cyclists under the age of 16 must wear a helmet and those over 16 are also highly recommended to do so by the park staff members.
Visitors can hike on more than 12 miles of marked trails that make their way through the park. Several of the trails will take you around pine flatwoods, cypress domes and hardwood hammocks.Whilst you are out on the trails you might be able to catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer, bobcat or fox squirrel. Before beginning your hike make sure you pick up a trail map from the park office and remember to stay on the marked trails.
Colt Creek State Park offers a diverse range of bird sightings for those who love to look out for birds in state parks. The Lake Region Audubon Society has completed a year-long survey that identified 150 different species of birds so there will be a wide variety out in the park. Some of the most popular species to keep an eye out for include the eastern bluebird, meadow lark, bald eagle, black bellied whistling duck and swallow tail kite.
Due to the great Florida weather, picnicking is an option all year round. There are two picnic areas available within the park or can use one of the many picnic tables available throughout the grounds. If you want to hold a special picnic you can also rent out pavilions throughout the year. If the pavilions are not rented they are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please remember to not share any of your picnic with the wildlife as it us unhealthy for the animals and also against Florida State law.