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Colt Creek State Park

Hello all,

I friend of mine and several of her friends and family members spent the day a few months back at this park with their horses. I asked her to send me the pictures and tell me how their day went because I have never written from the horse riders point of view at any parks yet. Even though I have had horses my whole life I do not have them anymore so I am taking full advantage of people that still do!! :)

This was a fund raising day for St Jude so all riders were there to raise money as well as enjoy beautiful Colt Creek State Park.  This park is located in Lakeland which is a pretty central location no matter where you are in Florida.

IMAG2846Almost all riders arrived at first light. It was a beautiful setting. Fog in the background and a nice cool breeze.

 

While at the park they saw gators, hawks, and deer. They could see that there was evidence of hogs in the area by the ground being pretty rooted up but did not see any while riding.

There was plenty of water for the horses to drink and also to rinse them off after riding but absolutely no shade. They had to even rush their lunch because they felt so bad for their horses being in the full sun. The trails were maybe 2/3 shade and as you can see by the pictures she sent me, it is a gorgeous park! They all really enjoyed riding here.

TIMAG2874he picturesque swamps and large cypress tree’s are one of the reasons we all love Florida.

Now onto the area for parking the horse trailers; Only one porta potty,not a good thing in the Florida heat!! By the time they were ready to leave no one wanted to use it. They were all told they could have stopped at a building that had indoor facilities towards the end of the trail but no one ever saw this building.

Most of the trail was grass or sand. Very little rock, which is wonderful.

IMAG2867(1)All in all this was a very positive day for all and they would love to go back. Chris mentioned that maybe in the cooler months so it isn’t so hot for the horses. The visit was cut short because they were so concerned about their horses being too hot.

Chris mentioned that she will be camping and visiting other parks this winter so maybe we will get some more articles with wonderful pictures from her soon!!

Thank you Chris and all of your friends and family for the awesome pictures and for your major contribution to this article!!

Chris (FL)

Three Rivers State Park

This is an absolutely beautiful park.  A lot of activities for the entire family.  Camping cabin is available but you will need to call well in advance because there is only one.  There are plenty of camp sites to be reserved year round for tents and RV’s.  Canoe rentals are available but do not get there within an hour of closing or they will not rent the canoes to you unless you are a camper there.  Wonderful bike and hiking trails as well as great picnic area’s.  We highly recommend this and every Florida State Park!

Busy summer

Hey everyone!!

Sorry we haven’t posted for several months.  Been a super busy summer and now we can get back into the groove of things around here.

I sure hope that everyone had an awesome summer and that you visited a few state parks!

We will be visiting a few parks during the week next week and will have those articles posted ASAP!

Armed Forces Appreciation Day – Free entry

On Sunday May 16th there will be free entry to all state parks except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

Even though it is very cost efficient to head to the state parks for a day of fun for the entire family, in these times of hardship it sure does help to save a few dollars on the entry of the parks.

So pack the ice chests and grab the Frisbee and head out to a park today.

Make sure to take advantage of the park locator on this site.

Another awesome event coming up in May.

Friday may 28th-30th.  Florida Folk Festival at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs.

That looks like a LOT of fun!! If you are anywhere near this park I would check this one out.  Make sure to let us know how it was.

Have a wonderful Month of May!!

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