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Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland
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The Circle B Bar Reserve is an area of protected lands in Polk County, Florida. Comprising 1267acre at 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) near Lakeland, Florida, the area is managed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). It is jointly owned by the BOCC and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.Polk's Nature Discovery Center, completed in 2008, features interactive displays about the plants, animals and ecosystems of the reserve. The center serves as the focus of environmental education programs and explorations for families, school groups, teachers, adults and other visitors.Circle B Bar Reserve is named after the cattle ranch that once occupied the site. It was purchased to help maintain the Banana Creek marsh area. The preserve is home to an impressive array of birds such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes and bald eagles along with other wildlife like alligators, bobcats, snakes, gray squirrels, river otters and wild hogs. It underwent a wetland restoration effort.
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  • Our friend has been recommending we go to this place for months. We did a 3 mile walk and I couldn't believe how beautiful it is!! We saw plenty of gators and all kinds of wildlife. Worth taking visit...  more »
  • I have been leading hikes here as a volunteer for the last three years for the Florida Trail Association. This is the most amazing place and people who have never been here are astounded at the wildli...  more »
  • It's a place I visit each time I take vacations near by. We see so many birds, alligators, turtles, nice trees and flowers I cannot see In Canada. The nature is wonderful and calm. I have been in many...  more »