Circle B Bar Reserve

Walk the shoreline of Lake Hancock and along the marsh trails to enjoy abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Circle B Bar Reserve by Darby Dowdy from YLakeland.

About Circle B Bar Reserve

Free Fun Year Round

A local favorite, Circle B-Bar Reserve includes freshwater marshes, hardwood swamps, oak hammocks, creeks and lakes are found on this property, which is home to waterfowl, ospreys, eagles and alligators.

Once a functioning cattle ranch, Circle B Bar Reserve has been restored to its original natural state as one of the most impressive bird habitats in Central Florida. Complete with numerous trails and unique treasures like a freshwater marsh and hardwood swamp, Circle B Bar Reserve offers something for everyone in your family. Bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and picnicking are all encouraged at this free admission reserve.

Polk Nature Discovery Center

The Polk Nature Discovery Center is located at the Circle B Bar Reserve. This recently constructed building helps visitors of all ages understand the delicate ecosystem of Central Florida with indoor and outdoor classrooms and numerous exhibits. The free Discovery Center has exhibits specifically designed to engage and excite young minds, making it a great choice for families.

USA Today Travel Recognition

Circle B Bar Reserve has been recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Great Places to See Wildlife.

Directions

Centrally located between Bartow, Lakeland and Winter Haven the site entrance is on the south side of S.R. 540 (Winter Lake Road) between US 98 and Thornhill Road.

Blog Posts

December is all about Amazing Alligators and Stupendous Snakes
Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve offers a variety of nature based activities for all ages. The month of December is all about Amazing Alligators and Stupendous Snakes. You do not want to miss out on any of the fun family friendly activities that we have planned for you. Sign up for a tram tour, a workshop, community day, or just get outdoors and enjoy Polk’s Water, Wildlife, and Wilderness. [Read more]

November is All About Fire in Florida’s Ecosystems
Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve offers a variety of nature based activities for all ages. The month of November is all about Fire in Florida’s ecosystems. You do not want to miss out on any of the fun family friendly activities that we have planned for you. Sign up for a tram tour, a workshop, community day, or just get outdoors and enjoy Polk’s Water, Wildlife, and Wilderness. [Read more]

October is All About Polk County’s Wild Side
Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve offers a variety of nature based activities for all ages. The month of October is all about Polk County’s Wild Side. You do not want to miss out on any of the fun family friendly activities that they have planned for you. Sign up for a tram tour, a workshop, community day, or just get outdoors and enjoy Polk’s Water, Wildlife, and Wilderness. [Read more]

Find FREE Family Fun Year-Round at Circle B
Discover the fun in nature at Central Florida’s Circle B-Bar Reserve, centrally located between Winter Haven, Lakeland and Bartow on Winter Lake Road. This local favorite includes freshwater marshes, hardwood swamps, oak hammocks, creeks and lakes and is also home to waterfowl, ospreys, eagles and alligators. Found on the northwest shore of Lake Hancock, this former cattle ranch is home to several distinct ecosystems in its 1,267 acres, and you’re almost guaranteed to spot some alligators. [Read more]