Colt Creek State Park is located In central Florida, halfway between Orlando and Tampa, right north of Lakeland off of State Road 471. Colt Creek State Park includes more than 5,000 acres of native Central Florida habitat, comprising large strands of longleaf pine flatwoods, lakes and winding creeks, thick cypress domes and open vistas. Different kinds of camping experiences are available including primitive campsites. Although the park closes at sunset, the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society (https://polkastro.org) occasionally hosts star parties at the site where visitors are allowed for a nominal fee. The area has been described as rural and good for stargazing, with some the darkest skies in Central Florida.
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