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
- 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
- Florida Trail, KICCO North - 3.4 miles. Take in a panorama of marshes busy with birds in the Kissimmee River floodplain at River Ranch along the northernmost reaches of the Kissimmee River
- Florida Trail, KICCO South - 10.1 miles. Ancient live oaks break up the expanse of cattle pastures and prairies along the Florida Trail adjoining the Kissimmee River in KICCO
- Florida Trail, Kissimmee - 111.3 miles. Following the Kissimmee River floodplain, this is a scenic section of the Florida Trail with a mix of levees, shady woods, river views, open prairies, and cattle ranches.
- 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
- North Loop - Crossing the Lake Kissimmee State Park park drive multiple times, the 6.8-mile North Loop is the easiest trail to access within the park, offering excellent birding
- Ridge Audubon Trails - Atop the Lake Wales Ridge, the nature trails at the Ridge Audubon Center in Babson Park do a fabulous job of interpreting the unique flora and fauna of this island of biodiversity.
- 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.
- Tiger Creek Preserve - Edward Bok called it "The Jungle," this deeply folded landscape between Tiger Creek and Patrick Creek south of Lake Wales now protected as Tiger Creek Preserve. Explore its fascinating ridges and valleys along this 6.3-mile linear hike between its trailheads, one of many hiking options possible.