Let's get out there and explore! Come with us to Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve where we can observe what a nearly pristine Cypress Swamp looks like. Park at the parking lot next to the picnic tables as you enter the reserve. http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/circlebbarreserve.html
Sitting along Lake Hancock between Lakeland and Auburndale we will find Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve. Formerly a cattle ranch, the reserve encompasses more than 1,200 acres being successfully restored to its original wetlands habitats feeding the Peace River basin. An extensive network of trails with an outer circuit of nearly 6 miles is atop the levees through the vibrant wetlands, where you’ll see osprey dive for tilapia, anhinga swallow their catches whole, and alligators slipping off the banks.
Length: 3.5 miles (up to 6 miles possible)
Fees / Permits: none
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Bug factor: moderate to annoying
Restroom: At the Nature Discovery Center, plus portable toilets for when the center is closed on Mondays.
Open 5 AM – 8:30 PM. Dogs are not permitted, with good reason – gator bait! Numerous benches are available along the trails.
Come prepared for a day in the wilderness. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes, bring bug spray, water, sandwiches and a small snack. This meetup will be a little longer than our usual meetups. Prepare to stay at least 3 hours maybe 4.
Join us for this special nature walk!
This event is being cross posted with the Friends Around the Bay Meetup group. If you are looking to have a lot of fun, this is a great group to join. You can find more information about the group by clicking this link: http://www.meetup.com/bayfriends/