Lake Wales Ridge State Forest: Walk-in-the-Water Tract

851 Hwy 630 E, Frostproof, 33843
(863) 589-0545
Daily, sunrise to sunset


The Walk-in-the Water Tract is a wild and remote location composed of sandhills, scrub, hardwood hammocks, freshwater swamp and depression marshes. A few sought-after species make birding here quite interesting. The main entrance at King Trail Gate is a good location for Florida Scrub-Jays; be alert for possible fly-overs of Short-tailed Hawks as well. The Scrub-Jay Trail (2.5 miles) and the Bay Loop Trail (3.6 miles), both of which start on CR 630, wind through scrub frequented by Florida Scrub-Jays, Northern Bobwhites,  Great Crested Flycatchers, and Eastern Towhees; scattered wetland pockets here are good for migratory songbirds. Twelve miles of equestrian trails are also available for exploration. Check the boat ramp at Lake Weohyakapka for waterbirds. This property is beautiful, but has few amenities so come prepared. Seasonal hunting takes place at this site; please click here for dates, regulations and more information.

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