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Alligator Nesting Season Closes Some Trails at Circle B Bar Reserve

A portion of Alligator Alley and all of Marsh Rabbit Run at Circle B Bar Reserve has been closed until further notice due to alligator nesting season. Alligators often become territorial and protective of their nests and young during this time of year. The trail closure is to protect wildlife and keep people safe during nesting season.

Visitors can still access the dock on Lake Hancock by hiking the Shady Oak trail to Alligator Alley. Signs are posted at the beginning of the trail informing the public the trail is closed until further notice. Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division staff will monitor the situation and reopen the trail when it is determined to be safe for visitors.

Polk's Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve is located at 4399 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland.


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