Map of Colt Creek State Park
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About Colt Creek State Park

Purchased in May 2006 and opened to the public in January 2007, this 5,067-acre park is nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve and named after one of the tributaries that flows through the property. Consisting mainly of pine flatwoods, cypress domes and open pastureland, this piece of pristine 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.

Recreational Opportunities


  • Bicycling is permitted on trails and roads.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

Boating and Paddling

  • Small jon boats can be carried down to the water and launched.
  • Gas powered motors are prohibited; however, electric trolling motors may be used.
  • Canoes and kayaks may be rented from the park ranger station and launched at Mac Lake.


  • Separate campgrounds available for equestrians, families, groups and primitive sites.
  • Sites have picnic tables, fi re rings and/or grills.
  • A reservation is recommended. Contact park ranger station for more information, reservations and fees.


  • Pets must be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Owners are requested to pick up after dogs.

Equestrian Campground

  • 10 sites that will accommodate horse trailers.
  • Allowed up to 8 people and 1 trailer per site.
  • Limited amenities.
  • Owners are requested to rake out after horses.

Family Campground

  • 30 RV/tent sites.
  • Electric and water available at sites.

Group Campground

  • Campsite is available for organized groups and can accommodate up to 60 people.

Primitive Campsites

  • These campsites are only accessible by foot, horseback or mountain bike.

Equestrian Use

  • 12 miles of designated or marked trails.
  • Riders are required to stay on marked trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.



  • 24 miles of marked trails.
  • Mac Lake nature trail accessible.
  • Trail maps available at kiosk.

Picnic Facilities

  • Picnic areas available throughout the park.
  • Four pavilions at picnic areas accommodate 40–108 people. Three can be reserved in
    advance by calling the park. If not rented, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Fees apply.

Access and Parking

  • From US 98 south of Dade City, turn left on SR 471; park is 3.8 miles north on SR 471.
  • Accessible facilities available.
  • Fees apply.
  • Connecting walk-through, accessing Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Hampton Tract.
  • Approximately 28 miles of designated or marked multiuse trails.

Restrooms and Water

Accessible restrooms and water are available at the parking areas.


16 miles north of Lakeland just south of the Withlacoochee River off SR 471

For More Information

Colt Creek State Park, (863) 815-6761

Visit this Property

(This tract is part of the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve.)

Street Address

16000 SR 471
Lakeland, FL 33809
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5,067 acres

Hours of Operation

Daily from 8 a.m. until sunset.

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Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida
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