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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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  • Circle B bar reserve is set on an old cattle farm located between Winterhaven and Lakeland. There are several hiking paths, bikes welcomed, and all are easy. The reason to be here is to enjoy the wild...  more »
  • We went here with my parents and were not dissapointed! So much wildlife, especially birds. We also saw 4 or 5 armadillos and many many alligators. The walk was so beautiful, you're guaranteed to see ...  more »
  • What a delightful way to spend a couple hours! Our first encounter with the wildlife was with an adorable armadillo! Totally oblivious, he allowed some great up close and personal pix. We chose a trai...  more »