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8 bike paths + trails in Polk County, FL

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Carter Road Park Mountain Bike Trails | Photo via @heather_shredder

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DYK March is Florida Bicycle Month? Throughout the month of March, Floridians are encouraged to get out, get active, and bike.

And, in pure Sunshine State fashion, our version of Bicycle Month comes about two months earlier than the National Bike Month of May. Why? The Florida Bicycle Association (yes, that’s a thing), believes March to have better weather with sometimes cooler temps. Lakeland is considered a “bronze level, bike-friendly community?” The League of American Bicyclists awarded Swan City this title back in 2012.

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Lakeland Bike Map | Brochure via the City of Lakeland

If you’re ready to ride, here are 7 places in Polk County to cycle to your heart’s content:

  • Gator Creek Reserve | 9725 U.S. 98 N. | Varying trail lengths | Depending on your skill level, desired length, and shade preferences, there’s a trail for everyone, so read up before you arrive.

  • Circle B Bar Reserve | 4399 Winter Lake Rd. | Varying trail lengths | Much like Gator Creek, Circle B also boasts multiple trail options for those with as little or as much experience.
  • Fort Fraser Trail | E. of US 98, from Winterlake Rd., to SR 60 | ~ 7 miles | Fort Fraser Trail is wheel-chair friendly and welcomes bikers, hikers, joggers, and anyone else in between (except motorcyclists).

Did we miss your favorite spot to bike? Email us with your favorite trails and fill us in on the best, bike-worthy paths + trails.

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