Lake Arbuckle Trail
Length: 15 mile loop
Located off SR 64 about ten miles east of the US 27 intersection in Avon Park. Enter only through the gate on SR 64 at the south end of Lake Arbuckle. Hike through pine palmetto flatlands, oak and hardwood forests and sand pine scrub.
The Lake Arbuckle Trail in the Avon Park Air Force Range provides a weekend backpacking loop through typical Central Florida terrain, a mixture of pine palmetto flatland, oak and hardwood hammock, commercial pine plantations and sand pine scrub. Wildlife, especially waterfowl, is abundant. You may see osprey, sandhill cranes, eagles and the distinctively marked Audubon’s caracara. The trail passes Fort Arbuckle, an historic site. Since the land is leased to ranchers, you will encounter cattle along the hike.Avon Park is an active military range. This trail is near an active bombing area. Do not leave the trail. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for injuries to persons hiking this trail! You must check in and out at the Natural Resources Recreation Office. Call them in advance to ensure that the trail is open, as it does close during military practice maneuvers. THERE ARE CLOSURES FOR AT LEAST A FEW HOURS ALMOST EVERY WEEKDAY.