Come join us as we hike the trails in the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest as an early start to Earth Day. We will hike approximately 6 miles.
Bring: Sturdy walking or hiking shoes, water, snacks, lunch, and dress in layers for comfort against cool weather that will warm as the day progresses.
About Arbuckle WMA -- Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of 13,531 acres east of Avon Park in Polk County 5 miles south of Frostproof. Part of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, this area was purchased to protect numerous rare and endangered plants and animals. Arbuckle occupies a high ridge of ancient sand dunes and contains fast disappearing pine and oak scrub, home to Florida scrub-jays and gopher tortoises. Arbuckle WMA is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Scrub-jays inhabit the oak scrub along the road into the area. Short-tailed hawks may be observed on the Paula Dockery Trail, and at Lake Arbuckle are wading birds, bald eagles, limpkins, and ospreys .