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The Study Area

The Collier to Polk Regional Trail Study Area lies within six counties:

The study area includes a series of small-towns that reflect the region’s culture and history:
  • Bartow
  • Fort Meade
  • Bowling Green
  • Wauchula
  • Zolfo Springs
  • Sebring
  • Lake Placid
  • LaBelle
  • Immokalee

State managed conservation and recreation lands within the study area include:

  • Paynes Creek Historic State Park
  • Highlands Hammock State Park
  • Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area
  • Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park
  • Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest
  • Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area
  • Spirit of the Wild Wildlife Management Area
  • Picayune Strand State Forest
  • Collier-Seminole State Park

Notable existing trails in the study area include:

  • General James A. Van Fleet State Trail
  • Auburndale-TECO Trail
  • Fort Fraser Trail
  • Peace River State Paddling Trail
  • Rich King Memorial Greenway