Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
|Lake Wales Ridge State Forest|
Marshland in Scrub-Jay Loop Trail, Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, February 2010
|Location||Polk County, Florida|
|Area||26,563 acres (107.54 km²)|
|Governing body||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
The state forest consists of two large tracts, separated by 2 miles. The Walk in Water Tract, adjoining Lake Weohyakapka (Lake Walk in Water), contains the largest contiguous area of ridge sandhill in public ownership. The Arbuckle Tract, adjoining Lake Arbuckle to the south, is a good example of an ancient scrub ecosystem. Both tracts are open to the public and include hiking trails. Both tracts provide protected habitat for plants species endemic to Florida scrub.
- Lake Wales Ridge State Forest brochure
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (1990). "Recovery Plan Nineteen Scrub and High Pineland Plant Species" (PDF). Retrieved March 6, 2019.
- Lake Wales Ridge State Forest: Florida Division of Forestry- FDACS includes a map of the forest's boundaries.
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