Circle B Bar Reserve
Regardless of the season, wild life viewing here can be incredible. Come for the birds (wading, birds of prey, water fowl), but be wary of the alligators. Lake Hancock it is estimated has over 5000 alligators, 1300 of them larger than six feet. Snakes, wild boar turtles and an assortment of other critters make Circle B home.
This site offers numerous different hiking options. You can choose to spend all day here by walk through oak hammock, freshwater marsh, hardwood swamp and the shore of Lake Hancock. Call ahead and reserve a spot on the tram ride that takes you through the back end of the marsh. The nature center is worth stopping in. Ask about special events like stargazing guided tours nature tours.
Although much of the path is covered, sunscreen and hat is always a good idea. Bring water and mosquito repellent, especially if you are staying to see the sunset. Leave the dog at home, however, like too many parks in Florida, pets are not allowed.
Circle B is a quickly becoming a go to spot for nature photographers, hikers, and cyclists alike. Bring a picnic and make a day of it, or spend a couple quality hours in the real Florida. This location never disappoints. Located at the south end of Lakeland, off highway 540, Circle B is a must do if you are anywhere near the Lakeland area.
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To see more Circle B Bar Reserve photos visit The Lonestar North Gallery - Circle B.
From bob cats to turtles, dragon flies and butterflies this site is wild Florida at its best.
A short list of the birds seen here: anhingas, cormorants, whistling ducks, eagles, king fishers, herons, egrets, warblers, limpkin, hawks, roseate spoonbills, ibis, wood storks, sandhill cranes, red-winged black birds