Established in the 1880s and renamed by citrus growers who wanted a marketing angle for their groves, the small town of Frostproof sits atop the Lake Wales Ridge, a ribbon of ancient dunes running down the central Florida pensinsula. Edged by expansive state forests and wildlife management lands, it boasts a large concentration of trails in this southeastern corner of Polk County.
Trails and Parks near Frostproof
- Caloosa Nature Trail - Atop the Lake Wales Ridge, the Caloosa Nature Trail at the Audubon Center at Babson Park interprets the unique plants and animals that call this island of biodiversity home.
- Crooked Lake Prairie - With an interlinking network of loop trails, Crooked Lake Prairie is a refreshing excursion into habitats found on the high hills of the Lake Wales Ridge
- Hickory Lake Scrub - Nestled along the eastern shore of Hickory Lake, Hickory Lake Scrub is a 57-acre preserve showcasing some of the unusual plants you can only find on the Lake Wales Ridge
- Mosaic Peace River Park - At the site of a former phosphate mine, a boardwalk slips through the cypress swamps of the Peace River floodplain at Mosaic Peace River Park near Fort Meade.
- North Loop and Gobbler Ridge Trails - The lesser used of the two long loops at Lake Kissimmee State Park, the North Loop leads you through shady oak hammocks to pine flatwoods above the scrub-lined shore of Lake Kissimmee
- Paynes Creek Historic State Park - Along a quiet shoreline of the Peace River, an interpretive visitor center, the remains of a Seminole War era fortress, and a memorial are important components of Paynes Creek Historic State Park, which memorializes the flashpoint of the Third Seminole War.
- SUMICA - With up to 6.2 miles of trails - many of them a bit wet - SUMICA is one of the natural lands in Polk County where birding is especially superb.