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
Off SR 471 north of Lakeland and east of Dade City, within the Green Swamp.
Most folks who come here bring a horse to ride the extensive network of trails and forest roads through shady oak hammocks, open pasture, pine flatwoods, and wetlands. The hiking trails -- the Flatwoods Trail and the Mac Lake Loop Trail -- tend to be pretty wet. Birding is superb around the ponds to the north of the Mac Lake parking area.
Primitive camping is available for backpackers and youth groups. Contact the park to reserve.