Lakeland Highlands Scrub
Having a Monday? Come along as LkldTV continues our series of local nature videos with a visit to the Lakeland Highlands Scrub, a unique 551-acre conservation area located in South Lakeland. Once prehistoric beachfront property, the scrub now rises more than 230 feet above sea level.
Polk County Environmental Lands Program and the Florida Communities Trust Preservation provided the funds to purchase the land to protect the important natural resources on the land. Look for gopher tortoises, armadillo, eastern indigo snakes, Florida scrub-jays, eagles, osprey and several wading bird species. You might also spot an owl, fox or bobcat.
The scrub includes two trails —
Tortoise Trail — The 2.2 mile multi-use trail is open with very little shade, and portions of this trail are very sandy making it strenuous for some visitors. The beginning of the trail takes you to a boardwalk over a lily-pad-covered marsh where a small observation deck provides covered bench seating to take a break and view the wildlife.
Shady Oak Trail — A 0.6 mile trail that passes through the shade of the large oaks and longleaf pines for a leisurely walk through historic sand hills and scrub that have been undisturbed for generations.
Polk County Government Florida
Lakeland Highlands, Florida
Florida Department of Environmental Protection