Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

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Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
Marshland in Scrub-Jay Loop Trail (4367913144).jpg
Marshland in Scrub-Jay Loop Trail, Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, February 2010
LocationPolk County, Florida
Nearest cityFrostproof
Area26,563 acres (107.54 km²)
Governing bodyFlorida Department of Environmental Protection

The Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is in the U.S. state of Florida. The 26,563-acre (107 km2) forest is located on the Lake Wales Ridge in Central Florida, within Polk County near Frostproof.

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.[1] Both tracts provide protected habitat for plants species endemic to Florida scrub.[2]


  1. ^ Lake Wales Ridge State Forest brochure
  2. ^ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (1990). "Recovery Plan Nineteen Scrub and High Pineland Plant Species" (PDF). Retrieved March 6, 2019.

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