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12.16.18 Hike at Circle B Bar Reserve.
DESCRIPTION: PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THIS LOCATION. Please no children under 10. This is a moderately paced hike with lots of opportunity to observe wildlife. It will be a two-part hike. The first half will be 2.5 miles (approximately) and then those wishing to leave may do so. The second half will be another 2.0 miles. Info including link to trail map and info on trail closures: BRING OR WEAR: Hiking shoes, brimmed hat, water, sun, and insect protection. Cameras and binoculars are welcomed.

Polk's Nature Discovery Center

Discovery Drive · Lakeland


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The Heartland Chapter is one of 18 chapters for the Florida Trail Association. The FTA is a volunteer group that maintains the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1500 mile thru hiking trail from Big Cypress to the Panhandle. The Heartland Chapter is responsible for the maintenance of the trail in Polk, Highlands, Hardee and Desoto counties. We also maintain several loop trails throughout Polk County. Visit us at for more information about our chapter. Or go to to learn more about the Florida Trail Association.

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