Explore the most popular trails in Colt Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Colt Creek was purchased from the Overstreet Family in May of 2006. This 5,067 acre park nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Area and named after one of the tributaries that flows through the property was opened to the public on January 20, 2007. For over 60 years this property was managed as a cattle ranch by the Overstreet family. Past activities on the land included lime rock mining, timber harvesting, citrus production and turpentining. Comprised mainly of pine flatwoods, cypress domes and open pasture land, this piece of pristine wilderness is home to many animal species including the American Bald Eagle, Sherman's Fox Squirrel, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and bobcat. The park is currently equipped with a lime rock entrance road, grass parking area, wheelchair accessible restroom, informational kiosk, picnic pavilion and several picnic tables and grills. Visitors are invited to fish, picnic and hike or ride their horses on over 12 miles of trails and enjoy nature study at its finest.

horseback riding
muddy
23 days ago

mountain biking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Typical FL trail in July - buggy, hot and wet but a great ride. Will be back.

This is for the "Yellow Trail" at Colt Creek State Park. You can either start from one of the two Flatwoods Trail Heads in the middle of the park or drive on the park road a little further south and park. If you start from the middle of the park though it will take you either 3 or about 3.25 miles just to reach the start of the Yellow Trail. The actual Yellow Trail is really about a 5-mile loop, even though the trail map says its 7 miles. The is by far the least traveled part of Colt Creek State Park and I rarely see anyone else out here. It's also typically where I see the most wildlife. It's very well marked, and there are a couple of spots where you can shorten it if you need to. The recording I did covers the entire Yellow Trail by starting from the Flatwoods Trailhead in the middle of the park, and I added a little more distance by varying the route on the way back.

Nice place to spend a few hours and an easy, well-maintained, well-marked trail that is fairly typical of what you see in central Florida. There are two main trails in the park: the Flatwoods (which is this review) and the Yellow. The trail map at the entrance station says the Flatwoods is 10 miles but it came out to 9.2 on All-Trails and that was even after I took an extension, running from markers 18-22 on the printed trail map, which added some distance to it. If you stick to the main trail it's probably closer to 8.5. There are also several cross trails that can shorten the distance. You do have to share this trail with horses though, especially on the weekend but I've never found it too crowded. It can get a little muddy in spots during the rainy season. I think every time I've been out here I've seen some type of wildlife, ranging from deer and coyotes to gopher tortoises. Today's hike got me quite a few snakes too. (It is Florida after all.) The last two times I've been, there has been an alligator on the trail at a water hole a little further out. Both times he or she slithered off into the water before it became an issue. I got a picture of the gator today and it's on the recording of this hike. It's hard too see, but look on the left side of the trail just past the reflector post and properly placed "Caution" sign. It was gone about a minute later.

hiking
5 months ago

Typical Florida Trail. Lots of walking in tall pine trees with palmetto fronds all around. Trail is mostly well-maintained. A couple places you have to walk around mud and in one place I had to walk through water.

A nice area with friendly staff. Hiked about 7 miles and only saw a few people hiking. Beautiful campgrounds. Saw a woodpecker, heron, hawk. The Yellow Trail was perfect.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Glorious hiking weather. Dog met horses for the first time, discovered that road apples don’t taste anything like apples.

hiking
10 months ago

Grassy, padded, easy hiking. Cool breeze in the shade. Almost no bugs. No benches. Classic natural (awesome) Florida.

horseback riding
2 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Sunday, August 12, 2018

hiking
Tuesday, May 22, 2018