Several hiking trails of varying lengths provide access to the oak
scrub, pine flatwoods, sandhill, hardwood swamp and longleaf
pine/wiregrass habitat associated with the Lake Wales sand ridge
and the Tiger Creek watershed. The Jenkins Trail follows Tiger
Creek. The George Cooley Trail is a loop trail that goes through
scrub, hardwood swamp, pine flatwoods and cutthroat seeps. The
cutthroat seep--dominated by cutthroat grass--is a moist habitat
that periodically dries out. The Pfundstein Road trails provide
access to Patrick Creek and a longer loop trail into an area called
the central highlands.
Check year round for gopher tortoises, sand skinks, red-bellied and
red-headed woodpeckers and otters. Short-tailed hawks and
swallow-tailed kites may be seen in the summer.
The Nature Conservancy
The three main trails have trailheads at different locations. Reach
the George Cooley and Pfundstein Road Trails by taking SR 17 south
from Babson Park. Take a left on Murray Road and go 2.2 miles to a
left turn on Pfundstein Road. Follow signs to the two trailheads.
Reach the Jenkins Trail by traveling 9 miles east from Lake Wales
on SR 60. Take a right at Walk-in-the-Water Road, go 3.5 miles to
Wakeford Road and turn right. The parking area is at the end of the
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