" Colt Creek State Park "
Colt Creek State Park was purchased from the Overstreet Family in May of 2006. This 5,067 acre park nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Area and named after one of the tributaries that flows through the property was opened to the public on January 20, 2007. For over 60 years this property was managed as a cattle ranch by the Overstreets. Past activities on the land included beef cattle production, lime rock mining, timber harvesting and turpentining. Comprised mainly of pine flatwoods, cypress domes and open pasture land, this piece of natural Florida wilderness is home to many animal species including the American bald eagle, sherman's fox squirrel, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and bobcat. The park offers numerous recreational opportunities including hiking, horseback riding (with your own horse), biking, picnicking and nature study. Two picnic areas with a total of four pavilions, two restrooms and a fishing/observation dock are available. Three of the pavilions are available for rental. Freshwater Fishing is also a popular activity. Visitors can fish either from the bank or a small boat such as a canoe, kayak or Jon boat. Gas powered motors are not permitted however electric trolling motors are. For overnight enthusiasts, both a primitive backpack camp and a primitive youth camp are available.
Check Out What People Are Saying About The Park!
This is a newer state park. The park has about 30 RV/trailer spots with plenty of space between them. There is a seperate tent camping section. The RV/trailer spots all have electric and water but I did not see any sewerage hookups. There are two dump stations at the entrance of the campground. Very quiet at night, no road noise. Nice roads and nice trails to hike, bike, or ride your horse on. I believe all trails are multi-use. This state park is about 15 miles from the nearest city (Lakeland) so bring what you need. Three nice lakes for kayaking and fishing. The main lake has rental kayaks and a fishing pier. Great for the kids. The road into the campground is now paved. (some older reviews say its dirt) The only con I found was that the campsites have very little, or no shade. I was there at the end of April for The Florida Run 5K but also did some trail mountain biking. I totally enjoyed my 4 day stay. A beautiful park.
Come Join In The Fun!
Our Meet and greet is on Friday night at 7:00pm.
On Saturday night join the potluck party.
To Our Guests:
You will receive an email one week before the camp-out with info on what site in the campground the meet & greet will be taking place along with the theme of the Saturday night potluck. Friday night at the meet & greet we gather around the campfire for some coffee, desserts and good conversations. We look forward to meeting you!!