Gator Creek Reserve Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Gator Creek Reserve Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lakeland, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

3.1 miles 29 feet Loop

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


horseback riding



wild flowers



Gator Creek Reserve has about five miles of well established trails (one which is paved) that take visitors through shaded pine, cypress and oak forest. Wildlife that may be observed include: deer, turkey, fox squirrels, and gopher tortoises.

5 days ago

One of the best trails I've been on in Florida. Was basically a tree museum filled with a lot of cool looking trees. Perfect distance for walking or jogging. Took us about 2 hours to walk the trail

1 year ago

Very nice ride! Trails were a little confusing for a first time visitor but manageable.

1 year ago

Peaceful, quiet trail. Not a challenging hike, but was excited to see two large turtles.

2 years ago

Went about a month ago after it had rained the day before. A lot of the trail was under water and there was a lot of mosquitoes. I didn't mind the walking through the water that was fun the mosquitoes not so much. Make sure you have great repellant. There was alot of butterflies, dragonflies and spiders as well as very pretty flowers. The only thing was part of the trail exposed someones farmland.

2 years ago

Really beautiful trail with many opportunities to observe wildlife. There are two entrances - one on the south side for equestrian use and one on the north for general use. There are a series of 5 looping trails with rudimentary markings (far more than 5 mi total), so it's a good idea to view a map beforehand. Each loop varies quite a lot in habitat, length, and difficulty. The back deer run loop, which connects with the equestrian trail, is not as well groomed and runs quite close to swamp for long stretches. There are concrete benches all throughout the trail.