Colt Creek State Park is one of Florida’s newer state parks, being established in 2007. It is located in Polk County, which is in Central Florida.
Location: 16000 FL-471, Lakeland, FL 33809
Admission: $4.00 per vehicle
Camping: Primitive Camping, $5.00 Adult and $1.00 Child per night
Hours: 8:00am – Sundown, 365 days a year
Colt Creek State Park is absolutely gorgeous and is HUGE–5,067 acres of land. The land is formally a cattle ranch that the State of Florida bought from the Overstreet family in 2006. Colt Creek State Park is part of a tract that makes up the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve (which is an excellent place to stomp around in).
Colt Creek State Park is popular for horseback riding. People also come to bike and hike. There are 12 miles of multi-use trails. The trail network is also connected to the larger Green Swamp trail network. The state is working on making the park popular for RVers and there are reports that there will be a couple tent camping spots too.
Primitive camping is currently available for $5 a night per adult and $1 a night per child. When I visited I mostly stuck to the main lake, as I had my young boy with me. We had fun playing on the water’s edge and throwing sticks and stones into the lake.
I would recommend this place for people who have a horse or for mountain bikers that want to get out on some trails. Hiking is only okay, because multi-purpose trails means that it is wide, hot and sunny and not really meant for hiking. I am really looking forward to see if more tent camping is put in and if more hiking only trails are made. Until then, you will have a good time visiting Colt Creek State Park, but just note that it is not as developed as other nearby state parks, such as the excellent Hillsborough River State Park.
I’m currently hoping that someday I can afford to splurge on a mountain bike. When I do I will certainly return to Colt Creek to zip around the trails! Enjoy your visit!