A former 5,000-acre cattle ranch in the midst of the Green Swamp Wilderness Area, headwaters to the Hillsborough, Peace, Ocklawaha, and Withlacoochee Rivers, Colt Creek State Park is a mosaic of wetlands and uplands with extensive forest roads serving as trails.
Fees: $4-5 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
Most folks who come here bring a horse to ride the 12-mile network of trails and forest roads through shady oak hammocks, open pasture, pine flatwoods, and wetlands. The hiking trails – the Orange Loop Trail and the Mac Lake Loop Trail – tend to be pretty wet, and finding your way along them remains a challenge, as work is underway to connect this park with adjacent natural lands. Birding is superb around the ponds to the north of the parking area.
Primitive camping is available for backpackers and youth groups. Contact the park to reserve.