Lakeland, Florida - They call him the "go-to" guy, when it comes to tours. Ben Bindschadler volunteers countless hours for the reserve every week. Bennie loves to educate as well as humor his guests.
Along the 90-minute tour, expect to see ample wildlife from egrets to ospreys, Bennie will point it all out to you. On our tour, we saw a pair of bald eagles in their nest.
The Circle B Bar Reserve was jointly purchased in 2000 be the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Polk County's Environmental Lands Program. The land plays a key role in the preservation efforts of the Upper Peace River restoration.
Here are a few things to do while you are there:
Bicycling and Equestrian
•Numerous trails and roads available throughout the property.
•Florida law requires bicyclists and equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.
•Each horseback rider must carry proof of horse's negative Coggins test.
•Available along Lake Hancock.
•Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.
•Oak Hammock Interpretative Trail (3.4-mile round-trip) is an unpaved trail running from parking area to Lake Hancock.
•Lake View Trail (0.5-mile round-trip from end of Oak Hammock Trail) is an unpaved spur trail running along the lake.
•Brochure describing trails available at trailhead.
•Picnic tables are located along the road between the main entrance and the Nature Discovery Center.
Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803
Hours: 6:00 am-6:30 pm